Category: justice reinvestment

Five States Prove That ‘Substantial’ Cuts in Prison Populations Are No Pipe Dream

The Crime Report  By TCR Staff Bipartisan collaboration and consistent funding of evidence-based reforms helped slash prison populations in five states with dramatically different demographics and political leanings, according to a study by The Sentencing Project. The results, charted over roughly a decade in Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, should be a …

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Initiative to Reduce Fort Smith Recidivism Sees Success

Associated Press  By Max Bryan FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A state initiative to reduce recidivism in the Fort Smith region has yielded positive results in its first year, one official said. Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope Arkansas, said inmates returning to the Fort Smith area who are in the program have experienced …

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Reforms Seem to Be Helping Justice System

The Bismarck Tribune The Bismarck Tribune has supported justice reforms for some time and believes last week’s report showing the penitentiary population declined 6.5 percent is a sign of improvement. An awareness of criminal justice reforms and not overusing incarceration, as well as sentencing practices such as “good time” for pretrial defendants in county jails, …

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Activists Urge Sentencing Reform

News Tribune  By Joe Gamm A speaker told listeners Wednesday night at Lincoln University that Missouri is one of eight states whose prison populations have continued to grow in recent years, putting pressure on state revenue and resources. Other states have started to decline, according to Nicole D. Porter, who manages state and local efforts …

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Psych., Drug Treatment Gaps Drive Wyoming’s Prison Problem

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Gaps in Wyoming’s mental health and substance abuse treatment systems are contributing to the state’s prison overcrowding problem say experts who participated in a criminal justice reform forum in Cheyenne last week. Drugs, alcohol and mental health issues are driving people to commit crimes and the tools needed to combat such …

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Day Long Public Safety Forum Underway at Mitchellville Prison

Radio Iowa By O. Kay Henderson Iowa Department of Corrections director Jerry Bartruff says the state is facing “new and, in some cases, daunting challenges” when it comes to public safety. “The rise of the opioid crisis, rising violent crimes and arrests in rural areas, disparities in our criminal justice system and an ever-growing population of persons …

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms for Next Governor

Associated Press New Mexico state lawmakers began setting a course Tuesday for criminal justice reform during at a daylong forum that explored strategies to reduce crime without putting more people in jail. Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office at the end of the year after a prolonged standoff with lawmakers on major issues of crime …

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Governor Helps Open Sebastian County Crisis Stabilization Unit

Arkansas News By Thomas Saccente With the help of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a new facility in Sebastian County that has been years in the making was opened Wednesday morning. Elected officials from all across the state and other guests convened at the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center campus in Fort Smith for a ribbon …

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Defining Reform in Corrections

The North Platte Telegraph By Pete Ricketts Public safety and protecting Nebraska’s families and communities are key to the quality of life that makes Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. According to U.S. News and World Report, Nebraska has the 15th lowest violent crime rate in the …

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Editorial: ND’s Free Through Recovery Is a Bold Experiment

Inforum North Dakota is trying to avoid a prison-building boom. The state has watched its prisons and jails fill up in recent years and has spent $64 million for construction and renovation of the new state penitentiary. Now the state faces the daunting projection that its prison population could double by 2025 if present trends …

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