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May 10

Georgia Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen Probation and Increase Public

By CSG Justice Center Staff Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 174 into law on May 9. “We have now started paying attention to the way the system works,” he said. “More importantly, we started paying attention to the people in the system and how it has worked for them.” On May 9, Georgia Governor Nathan …

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Apr 24

North Dakota Allocates $7M for Addiction Treatment and Passes Bills to Help Reduce Prison Population Growth

By CSG Justice Center Staff Governor Doug Burgum (at podium) announced that he has signed justice reinvestment legislation with support from (left to right) Representatives Ron Guggisberg, Kathy Hogan, Christopher Olson, and Kim Koppelman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle. Since January 2016, North Dakota’s bipartisan Incarceration Issues Committee (IIC) has been …

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Mar 31

Report Urges Riverside County to Focus on Mental Health Care, Not Jails

The Press-Enterprise By Jeff Horseman Riverside County would be safer if more criminal justice dollars were spent on prevention rather than locking people up, according to a new report. The report, “Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works,” encourages the county to focus more on mental health, homeless outreach and other services and …

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Mar 28

Experts Consider Developmentally Appropriate Responses to Young Adults in the Justice System at Harvard Meeting

Vincent Schiraldi (right), senior research fellow at Harvard’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, addresses the group. In partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center convened in late February a meeting of researchers, policymakers, and criminal and juvenile justice agency …

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Mar 24

Pennsylvania Survey Shows Strong Support for Reducing Recidivism and Reinvesting in Public Safety

By CSG Justice Center Staff On behalf of the U.S. Action Network, Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 500 Pennsylvania voters about the state’s criminal justice system in January 2017. Respondents included Republicans and Democrats from urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state. Key findings from the survey include: 84 percent of respondents …

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Mar 18

Former criminal, now a politician, explains support for North Carolina’s ‘Ban the Box’ bill

Mar 08, 2017 Charles Evans was convicted of several felonies in the 1990s after he became addicted to drugs and started embezzling from his job. He’s now a Cumberland County Commissioner and a prominent supporter of a bill that, if passed, makes it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs. He says it …

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Mar 16

Probation Performance: How Arizona’s County Probation Departments Increased Public Safety While Saving Taxpayers Millions

By CSG Justice Center Staff When the Arizona legislature pursued justice reinvestment in 2007, the state’s probation system was in need of repair. In 2008, people who violated the conditions of their probation accounted for one-third of all prison admissions and received, on average, a two-year sentence to prison for failing on probation. As a …

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Mar 01

Laws to Reform Utah’s Juvenile Justice System Move Forward

Deseret News By Ryan Morgan SALT LAKE CITY — A Washington County lawmaker described the countless hours spent with working groups, courts and educators to prepare a bill to reform juvenile justice in Utah. Members of the Utah House took note of the efforts made by Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, to cut costs and …

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Feb 18

TED talk: Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

“Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can’t pay their debt to the court for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from inside the debtors’ prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think …

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Jan 24

Hundreds of Wake County residents to have their criminal records erased

By Thomas McDonald Raleigh News & Observer tmcdonald@newsobserver.com “The Wake County program is part of a national effort to give people who have paid their debts to society a second chance. The National Employment Law Project in New York estimates that 25 to 35 percent of adults in America have criminal records, and erasing even …

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