Category: Sentencing reform

Activists Urge Sentencing Reform

News Tribune  By Joe Gamm A speaker told listeners Wednesday night at Lincoln University that Missouri is one of eight states whose prison populations have continued to grow in recent years, putting pressure on state revenue and resources. Other states have started to decline, according to Nicole D. Porter, who manages state and local efforts …

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Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

The Crime Report By Edith Brady-Lunny and Ted Gest As states grapple with persistently high incarceration numbers, with more than two million people still in prisons and jails nationwide, the main focus has been on the back end of the justice system: reducing the time inmates stay behind bars. Some reformers are urging a similar focus …

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Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: ‘It’s Frustrating, Sitting at the Back of the System’

Penn Live By Wallace McKelvey John Wetzel is in a unique position. As Pennsylvania’s corrections secretary, he’s developed a long-lens view of state politics. He has no power to enact laws or invest in social services but at any given time his department oversees more than 50,000 incarcerated people whose lives are directly affected by those laws and …

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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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