Category Archive: prison growth

Jul 12

Task Force Delves into Missouri Prison Data

News Tribune By Tyler Wornell Analyzing data could be the key to effectively reforming Missouri’s criminal justice system, which has the eighth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. That will be the goal of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force — established by Gov. Eric Greitens via executive order June 30 — as it uses a data-driven …

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Jul 05

What Will We Do About the ‘Egregious Overcrowding’ at Maui Community Correctional Center?

Maui Time By Lantana Hoke Recently, I went into the Maui Community Correctional Center. I was there to meet with the Warden and another official to talk with them about the problems facing MCCC that are becoming increasingly critical, namely the vast overcrowding that is plaguing all jails and prisons in Hawaii. I entered through the …

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Jul 03

State Corrections Leader Hopes to See Results Soon After Reform Efforts

WDAZ8/ABC By John Hageman BISMARCK — The head of North Dakota’s corrections department hopes to see results soon in the state’s efforts to slow and reduce a growing inmate population after the recent passage of criminal justice reform legislation. Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, pointed to a provision …

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Mar 31

Conservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice Reform

Slate By Brandon L. Garrett The United States incarcerates its citizens at a higher rate than any other country in the world, but over the past few years, there’s finally been some progress. Rates of incarceration have finally begun to decline, mostly due to sweeping changes made in progressive states like California, New Jersey, and …

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Mar 28

Justice Reinvestment Bill Moves Forward

The Bismarck Tribune By Nick Smith A centerpiece of state criminal justice reform efforts this session inched one step further in its legislative journey after unanimously clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. “There are some that will benefit from this,” said Sen. Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, adding the state should try to help those …

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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 07

Ricketts: Corrections Problems Won’t Be Solved Overnight

Norfolk Daily News By Governor Pete Ricketts A deadly incident at the state’s maximum-security prison in Tecumseh last week has once again put a public focus on the important work of reforming the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). In my first two years as governor, corrections reform has been a top priority to ensure …

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