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Jun 18

Missouri Justice Reinvestment Legislation Signed Into Law

By CSG Justice Center Staff On June 1, HB 1355—comprehensive criminal justice legislation that includes Justice Reinvestment policies—was signed into law in Missouri. These policies aim to expand community-based treatment for people in the criminal justice system who have substance addictions and mental illnesses, increase support for victims, and provide resources to local law enforcement …

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May 23

One Family’s Story: Drug Policy Is Personal for a Legislator in Nebraska

Capitol Ideas By Courtney Daniel Carrie Howard died March 24, 2009. Carrie, the daughter of former Nebraska state Sen. Gwen Howard and sister of Sen. Sara Howard, is one of many lives lost to the opioid epidemic. While her story begins like many others–a severe car accident and a prescription for painkillers–her story ends a …

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May 23

Pennsylvania Reinvests Savings to Bolster Local Public Safety Goals

By CSG Justice Center Staff In the past five years, Pennsylvania has saved more than $96 million as a result of justice reinvestment policies and reinvested more than $18 million of those savings in county-based projects to improve public safety outcomes. Nearly 50 counties have received grants for a range of projects, including innovative policing, …

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May 19

Trump Pushes for Prison Reform at White House Summit. Will Some Reform Lead to More?

USA Today WASHINGTON — President Trump gave a boost to criminal justice reform efforts Friday, hosting a White House summit aimed at bridging the partisan divide and urging Congress to pass a prisons bill. “Send a bill to my desk. I will sign it,” he told a bipartisan group of activists, experts and officials. “It …

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May 11

Helping Children with Parents in Prison and Children in Foster Care

Children with incarcerated parents and children in foster care, who come disproportionately from poor and minority households, face many threats to their healthy development and lifelong well-being. In this brief from the Future of Children, John H. Laub and Ron Haskins suggest a number of policies that could help these children. For children with incarcerated …

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May 11

Reducing Justice System Inequality

This issue of The Future of Children proposes solutions to mitigating the effects of the justice system on children and youth. Given recent bipartisan support for criminal justice reform, now is a particularly good time to take stock of the policies, programs, and practices that may reduce disparities in the justice system. Each article in this issue …

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Apr 24

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. In this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center and the New York City Department of Probation discuss emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for …

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Apr 18

Vermont and Ohio Kick Off State Forums on Public Safety

By CSG Justice Center Staff As a continuation of the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC, multiple states have been selected by the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to host individual state forums on public safety. Earlier this month, Vermont and Ohio became the first states …

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Apr 18

Alabama Allocates $26.5 Million for Justice Reinvestment in FY2019

By CSG Justice Center Staff Alabama state leaders have appropriated $26.5 million in the FY2019 budget to support justice reinvestment legislation enacted in 2015. This includes $18.5 million to hire probation and parole officers and staff and expand behavioral health community-based treatment and services, as well as $8 million to support community corrections programs (CCPs). …

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Mar 20

Arkansas Opens First Crisis Stabilization Unit

By CSG Justice Center Staff Arkansas’s first crisis stabilization unit (CSU) opened in Sebastian County on March 1 with high praise from Governor Asa Hutchinson. This center, which will provide services to people experiencing mental health crises, is the first of four such centers planned across the state. Officials are hopeful that it will serve …

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