Category Archive: legislation

Jul 19

Governor Touts Crime Bill Package

Great Falls Tribune HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock held ceremonial signings Wednesday to spotlight legislation to reform Montana’s criminal justice system, calling the 10 bills an “important step.” The bills use what officials called “evidence-based” practices, which are methods that have been scientifically tested and proven effective, officials said. The bills also will ensure that decisions …

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Jul 19

Bullock Signs Ten Bills Reforming Montana’s Criminal Justice System

KTVH/NBC By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock put pen to paper to ceremoniously sign a handful of bills aimed at changing protocols within the Department of Corrections. Ten bills were passed with bipartisan support during the 2017 Legislative Session and plan to use evidence based programs to help reduce the number of people …

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Jul 19

New Corrections Laws Promise Montana Money Savings

Montana Public Radio By Corin Cates-Carney Governor Steve Bullock formally signed a slate of bills today aiming to address the state’s problem of overcrowded prisons. A study released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center this January found that the number of people imprisoned in Montana was expected to grow by 13 percent over the next …

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Jul 15

How Republican Legislature Adopted Progressive Criminal Justice Reform

Missoulian By Keila Szpaller The criminal reform bills might not have passed the Montana Legislature if the 2017 session was business as usual. In a state with Republican majorities in both chambers, the bills were carried by liberal Democrats, Sen. Cynthia Wolken and Rep. Nate McConnell — from Missoula, no less. The laws pushed some …

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May 09

Gov. Deal Signs Craft Beer, Criminal Justice Bills Into Law

WABE/NPR By Tasnim Shamma Today is the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign or veto bills that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. He signed 58 bills into law on Monday. The first one he signed, Senate Bill 85, allows craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of beer per year directly to consumers. …

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May 09

Deal Signs Justice System Changes to Offer ‘Redemption’ for Ex-Convicts

The Atlanta Journal  Constitution By Greg Buestein Macon – Gov. Nathan Deal ushered into law the next phase of criminal justice changes on Tuesday, signing a trio of bills that promise smaller-scale changes that he said would bring another “meaningful step forward” for the state’s prison system. With the most sweeping elements of the overhaul …

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Apr 23

Legislation a Key Step in Prison Change

The Bismarck Tribune The Tribune has advocated for some time for changes to reduce the number of inmates serving time in North Dakota. The Legislature has passed legislation this session that should help reach that goal. It wasn’t easy for legislators to make the changes in what’s known as a law and order state, but …

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Apr 21

Burgum Announces Signatures on Bills to Curb Prison Population, Boost Help for Addicts

KFYR/NBC By Max Grossfeld BISMARCK, ND – Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials estimate it costs more than $70 million per year to house the about 1,800 inmates in the state’s prison system, and that doesn’t even take into account the about 1,700 more in county jails. Governor Doug Burgum, R-N.D., announced Friday that he’s …

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Apr 21

Chief Justice Calls Corrections Reform ‘the Right Thing to Do’

The Bismarck Tribune By Caroline Grueskin The state’s top jurist said a package of corrections bills signed by the governor this week was more than fiscally savvy. “It is not only money, it is the right thing to do,” said Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. VandeWalle was speaking at a press …

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Apr 21

North Dakota Hails Laws Aimed at Slowing Prison Growth

Associated Press By James Macpherson Gov. Doug Burgum, lawmakers, corrections officials and others on Friday hailed new legislation aimed at slowing prison growth by helping nonviolent offenders through treatment and sentencing alternatives, instead of warehousing them behind bars. The Republican governor called the package of new laws he signed this week “landmark legislation” that addressed …

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