Category: justice reinvestment

After Issue 1 Fails, State Leaders Vow to Take up Criminal Justice Reform

Dayton Daily News By Laura A. Bischoff COLUMBUS — After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday. Ohio’s “big three” political leaders — Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine — each applauded the failure …

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State Looks at How Courts Deal with Mentally Ill, Substance Abuse

KTVZ21 By KTVZ21 SALEM, Ore. – The state of Oregon began work Wednesday on a data-driven approach to address challenges in how the state responds to people in the criminal justice system who have mental illnesses and substance addictions. Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee met to officially launch the state’s participation in the …

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Groundbreaking 50-State Report on Public Safety Updated with 2017 Data

The CSG Justice Center has released an updated version of the 50-State Report on Public Safety that includes 2017 crime and arrest data. The report is a web-based resource that combines extensive data analyses, case studies and recommended strategies from all 50 states to help policymakers address their state’s specific public safety challenges. The 50-State …

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Legislators Consider Justice Reinvestment Suggestions

The Sheridan Press By Ashleigh Fox SHERIDAN — More than half of prison admissions in 2017 were from probation and parole revocations, resulting in an estimated cost of $30 million per year for people incarcerated from supervision. The Council of State Governments Justice Center suggested increasing access to community treatment and improving swiftness and certainty …

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Criminal Justice Reform Solutions Await Lawmaker Action

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Outside experts from the Council of State Governments presented lawmakers last week with targeted solutions to stem Wyoming’s ever-deepening prison crisis: Invest in substance abuse and mental health treatment for offenders and retool probation and parole programs. Now it’s up to legislators on the Joint Judiciary Committee to move those fixes …

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County Officials Express Concerns about Judiciary Bills

Laramie Boomerang  By Daniel Bendtsen A few measures proposed during the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee meeting in Laramie drew some scrutiny from Albany County’s elected officials. The two-day meeting began Thursday and mostly consisted of analysis of a report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which made recommendations on Wyoming’s criminal justice system …

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Study Looks at Ways to Cut Corrections Costs

Gillette News Record By Katie Kull CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s prisons are full, and inmate populations are on pace to continue to swell by 9 percent, increasing costs for the state by an estimated tens of millions of dollars by 2023. That’s why analysts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center analyzed Wyoming’s criminal justice …

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Drugs, Probation/Parole Violations Main Concern in Criminal Justice System

Wyoming Tribune Eagle By Katie Kull LARAMIE – Wyoming’s prisons are full, and inmate populations are on pace to continue to swell by 9 percent, increasing costs for the state by an estimated tens of millions of dollars by 2023. That’s why analysts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center analyzed Wyoming’s criminal justice …

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Lawmakers, Law Enforcement Spar over Justice Reinvestment Impacts

Idaho Press By Betsy Z Russell Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett told state lawmakers Monday that his county jail is being overrun with state prisoners including parole violators, and he blames the state’s justice reinvestment initiative. But state officials said JRI, which the state adopted in 2014, actually didn’t change anything on when state inmates …

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Missouri Pilot Program Reinvests in Options for Former Offenders

KBIA By Janet Saidi A three-county pilot program that seeks to improve community services for former prisoners is rolling out in Missouri. Offering an array of so-called “wraparound” community services, the initial $5 million dollar pilot program focuses on services for former offenders with behavioral challenges like addiction or mental health issues. The program arose …

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