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Feb 21

North Dakota Launches Recovery Services Program

By CSG Justice Center Staff North Dakota has launched Free Through Recovery, a substance use program that provides care coordination and recovery support services to people in the criminal justice system. Launched on February 1, the program grew out of the state’s justice reinvestment initiative, which allocated $7 million for behavioral health services for people …

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Feb 21

Justice Reinvestment Bills Filed in Missouri

By CSG Justice Center Staff These bills are the culmination of a months-long justice reinvestment process in the state that began in June 2017 with the goal of addressing a number of significant criminal justice challenges, including recent upticks in violent crime, insufficient behavioral health treatment resources, a fast-growing female prison population, and high recidivism. …

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Feb 05

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) announced today that Megan Quattlebaum (left), research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of the CSG Justice Center. “Together, with the exceptional staff at the CSG Justice Center, I believe Megan will not …

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Jan 17

Ringing in 2018: Justice Reinvestment and Public Safety in the States

By CSG Justice Center Staff In 2017, states continued to adopt cost-effective and data-driven solutions to improve public safety. Bipartisan majorities in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Rhode Island all successfully enacted historic policy changes to their adult criminal justice systems after conducting intensive data analysis through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. This initiative …

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Dec 01

New Unit at Billerica Jail Will Focus on Young Offenders

The Boston Globe By Linda Greenstein Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian will open a new unit specially designed for young adult offenders, ages 18 to 24, at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in February with an initial focus on those from Merrimack Valley communities. Existing space at the Billerica jail will be repurposed …

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Oct 31

National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction

Source: JusticeCenter

Oct 18

JRI Maximizing State Reforms Awards Announced for FY2017

By CSG Justice Center Staff The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the recipients of this year’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms awards. The JRI Maximizing award began in FY2014. Under the grant program, states may apply to receive up to $1,750,000 over a period of 36 months. According …

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Aug 28

WATCH: Gov. Greitens Meets Face to Face with Corrections Officers at Missouri Facility

By CSG Justice Center staff Taking up the charge of a new national initiative, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens visited the Algoa Correctional Center on Monday, Aug. 14, to #MeetFacetoFace with corrections officers. “I wish every Missourian could see what our corrections officers do every day,” Gov. Greitens wrote on his Facebook page. “They have important, …

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Aug 17

Arkansas to Open Four Crisis Stabilization Units

By CSG Justice Center Staff Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on August 10 plans to open four crisis stabilization units (CSUs) across the state, following the passage of legislation earlier this year that allowed for the creation of these units. The governor included $5 million in his proposed budget for FY2018 in order to fund …

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Jul 17

Watch Livestream of “The State of Mental Health Care: Challenges and Solutions” on Tuesday, July 18

Hosted by The Hill The Hill is convening state leaders, health officials, academics, and patient advocates for a conversation about mental health policy at the federal, state, and local level, and its impact on patients and caregivers. During the livestream, speakers—including Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)—will discuss the role state …

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