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New Mexico Participating in Data-Driven Review of State Criminal Justice System

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff New Mexico’s newly established Justice Reinvestment Working Group met on Dec. 14 to work on a data-driven approach to analyze and address challenges in the state’s criminal justice system. New Mexico is participating in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a federally funded approach aimed at helping states …

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Enhancing Program Success and Sustainability for Women in the Justice System: Targeting System Change Strategies

Hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. Featuring Becki Ney of the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women, this webinar covers system-level strategies to maximize outcomes for women in the criminal justice system and …

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Integrated Funding to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails: Key Considerations for California County Executives

This brief from the CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the California Association of County Executives (CACE), outlines how California county executives can leverage their funding opportunities to maximize local mental health and public safety efforts. The brief also highlights ways that these executives can work to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses …

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Oregon Kicks Off Data-Driven Review of State’s Criminal Justice, Behavioral Health Systems

By CSG Justice Center Staff The state of Oregon has begun work on a data-driven approach to address challenges in how the state responds to people in the criminal justice system who have mental illnesses and substance addictions. Members of Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee meet on Oct. 31, 2018. Oregon’s Behavioral Health …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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