Category: Justice Reform

Governor Cuomo Unveils 22nd Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Office of the Governor On January 3rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 22nd proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda – a sweeping, five-pronged reform package to overhaul the State’s criminal justice system. This comprehensive package—the most progressive set of reforms in the nation—will guarantee fairness for the accused by reshaping New …

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Children on Sex Offender Registries

Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests Other risks include sexual assault, being approached by an adult for sex and mental health problems 12/6/2017 Johns Hopkins Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse The most troubling findings, the authors say, pertained to suicidal intent and victimization experiences. The study …

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New program will allow treatment

New program will allow treatment instead of arrests for low-level offenses in New Orleans   By Marie Simoneaux mariesimoneaux@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Officials in the New Orleans Police Department’s 8th District are working with the city’s Health Department to connect low-level, non-violent offenders with social services as an alternative to incarceration. The district began piloting …

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The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: 50 Years Later Symposium

The George Washington Law Review and its co-sponsor, Dean Roger Fairfax of The George Washington University Law School, will hold a Fall Symposium marking the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice report “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.” The report discussed issues confronting the criminal …

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REENTRY: From Prison to the Streets

REPORT SUMMARY: Efforts to improve reentry outcomes are imperative to community well-being and cost-efficiency. Among those released from prisons in New Jersey today, about 53 percent will be rearrested and 31 percent will be re-incarcerated within three years. When individuals returning from prison receive no support, studies reveal that the results include unemployment, homelessness, increased …

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Private Prisons in the United States

Private prisons in the United States incarcerated 126,272 people in 2015, representing 8% of the total state and federal prison population. Since 2000, the number of people housed in private prisons has increased 45%. States show significant variation in their use of private correctional facilities. For example, New Mexico and Montana incarcerate over 40% of …

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Statement from NC Justice Center

Today Governor Cooper signed a bipartisan bill into law that will significantly expand access to criminal record expungement for North Carolinians. July 27, 2017 The Justice Center was there alongside members of the NC Second Chance Alliance – a statewide group of men and women committed to expanding opportunities for North Carolinians with criminal records …

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New NC law makes clean slates easier

@NCCapitol  WRAL TV Raleigh NC New NC law makes clean slates easier for some criminals   July 28, 2017 Raleigh, N.C. — Some people convicted of crimes in North Carolina will soon find it easier to clear their records. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday signed into a law a measure that changes the process by …

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NC Gov Cooper signs bills

July 28, 2017 Raleigh NC NC Gov Cooper signs bills today to reduce time for expungement and Raise the Age (16 and 17 year olds now treated as juvenile vs Adults)  

Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth

a Prison Policy Initiative Report by Joshua Aiken Press Release May 31, 2017 One out of every three people behind bars is being held in a local jail, yet jails get almost none of the attention that prisons do. Jails are ostensibly locally controlled, but the people held there are generally accused of violating state …

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