Category: Senate Bill 2015

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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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

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

Criminal Justice Reinvestment Bill Is Signed into Law

KXMA By Malique Rankin House Bill 1041, signed by Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday, reduces the drug possession charge level from a Class C felony to a Class A misdemeanor for first-time offenders and establishes probation as the presumptive sentence for low-level, nonviolent felonies. It also authorizes a pretrial services pilot project to free up limited …

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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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