Category Archive: justice reinvestment

Mar 26

Legislature Considering Solutions to State’s Overcrowded Prisons, Jails

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle By Whitney Bermes Montana’s prison population is over capacity, growing and continuing to put pressure on local jails, but a package of bills before the Legislature this session aims to reverse that trend. The 12 pieces of legislation, nine of which are still alive, hit a wide array of issues among …

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Mar 24

Prison Bills Put N.D. On the Right Path

The Bismarck Tribune The Tribune Editorial Board has for a long time supported steps that result in fewer people being jailed and them becoming productive citizens. Senate Bill 2015 is a move in that direction. The bill intends to develop tiered services statewide for people on probation and parole. The services would tie in with …

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Mar 24

Ga. Probation Reform Bill Could End Some Sentences Earlier

WABE/NPR By Lisa Hagen Georgia has the highest rate of people on probation in the country. That rate is nearly four times the national average. After years of criminal justice reform, the state has seen its prison population drop, but the rate of people under state supervision has stayed stubbornly high. A bill that could …

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Mar 18

Corrections Budget Offers $7 Million for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

The Bismark Tribune By Caroline Grueskin Probationers and parolees may be the first to see improvements in mental health and substance abuse treatment after this legislative session. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is requesting to cut its own costs by prioritizing who goes to prison, in order to provide services to people who …

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Mar 17

Andrew Speno: State Has Two Choices on Crime — Change or Bankruptcy

Tulsa World By Andrew Speno Oklahoma stands on the brink of a monumental success with the potential to define our state for decades to come. A task force of lawmakers and stakeholders put out recommendations to decrease our bloated prison population, save billions in taxes, and increase public safety. But one step in the wrong …

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Mar 15

Community Centers To Implement Arkansas’s New Corrections Vision

KUAR/NPR By Sarah Whites-Koditschek They sit in rows, 150 closely shaven men in yellow uniforms and white identification badges, before opposing walls, in a cinder-block walled gymnasium. A selected group of four sit in plastic chairs forming a circle before their co-residents. Two stand up and shake hands, and the others say, “Squash it!” and …

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Mar 10

Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan

Mackinac Center for Public Policy By Kahryn Riley It seemed everyone was ready to tackle criminal justice reforms after the Council of State Governments released its study of Michigan in 2013. The Legislature, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Supreme Court issued a joint invitation to the CSG to observe Michigan’s criminal justice system, and the …

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Mar 09

Gov. Signs Bill to Provide the Mentally Ill Treatment Instead of Prison Time

KFTA/Fox By Karella Kordsmeier LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– – (via KARK) — As the state deals with constant overcrowding in its prisons, a new bill signed Wednesday, could be a win-win for Arkansas. The new law will provide more money for mental illness in an effort to keep people out of jail. Governor Asa Hutchinson says …

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Mar 08

Arkansas Capitol Briefs

Arkansas News LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law Senate Bill 136 by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, a bill to establish three regional Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers in the state. The governor has committed $5 million to support the facilities, which will provide evaluation and treatment of people suspected …

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Mar 08

Parole Violators Bill Heads to Governor

Arkansas Online By John Moritz Legislation aimed at keeping nonviolent parole and probation violators out of prison completed its quick journey through the House on Tuesday. The House voted 86-1 for Senate Bill 136, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson is expected to sign it this week. There was little discussion about the bill in the House, …

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