Category: Parole

Oct 12

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bills to Increase Public Safety, Promote Rehabilitation and Treatment

By CSG Justice Center Staff Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signs justice reinvestment legislation with the support of state and community leaders. On October 5, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a package of justice reinvestment bills, which are expected to improve the state’s criminal justice system by supporting rehabilitation and informed decision making …

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Oct 01

New Law Provides Sidetrack to Prison for Probation Violators in Arkansas

Arkansas Online By John Moritz LONOKE — Seated in the gallery of her expansive courtroom on the third floor of the Lonoke County Courthouse, behind the bar and facing her usual chair, Circuit Judge Barbara Elmore thought about the offenders likely to appear at the defense table now at her left. In probation revocation hearings …

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Aug 30

Newly Configured Parole Board a Linchpin of MT’s Correctional Reforms

KXLH By Mikenzie Frost (DEER LODGE) For the first time in Montana’s history, the state board deciding parole for thousands of criminal offenders now has full-time members with a background in corrections – a key piece of sentencing reforms enacted by the 2017 Legislature. Scott Cruse, a former FBI agent and the board’s new chair, …

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Jul 23

Prison, Jail Reforms Need Joint Effort

The Bismarck Tribune North Dakota wants to reduce the number of inmates in the state prison and provide treatment for those with drug problems and behavioral issues. It’s the smart thing to do, but it won’t be easy and it will take time. There are growing pains involved and that was apparent in a story …

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Jul 18

Life on Parole

Around half of all the inmates put on parole in the U.S. end up violating the terms of their release and are sent back to prison. But across the country, states are trying to change the way their parole systems work in an effort to lower recidivism rates and reduce prison populations. In a new …

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Jul 14

Group: Millions in Criminal Justice Costs Could Be Averted as Soon as 2018

Missoulian By Ashley Nerbovig Montana has committed several million dollars to fund criminal justice reform measures passed by the 2017 Legislature, but federal government funding to aid future efforts is not yet a sure thing. Friday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that included about $25 million in funding for the Justice …

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May 05

Apply Now: Juvenile Probation Reform Academy

The American Probation and Parole Association, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice have partnered to deliver a Juvenile Probation Reform Academy for juvenile probation and parole leaders and managers. The academy will take place August 30–31 in New York, New York. The Juvenile Probation …

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Apr 04

Register for Webinar: U.S. Paroling Authorities as Key Partners in Promoting the Governor’s Criminal Justice Policy Agenda

Hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Parole Resource Center with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance This webinar will provide an overview of the critical role that paroling authorities can play in advancing U.S. governors’ criminal justice priorities and an introduction to evidence-based and promising practices …

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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 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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