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New Analysis Shows How Parole and Probation Violations Significantly Impact States’ Prison Populations and Budgets

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff New data released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center reveal the startling extent to which probation and parole violations contribute to states’ high prison admissions and populations, as well as the subsequent cost to taxpayers. The report—Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations …

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Second Chance Month Q&A: U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner

By CSG Justice Center Staff U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). This Second Chance Month, The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff asked elected leaders across the country why reentry is important to them and the communities they govern. Below, find U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) reasons why #ReentryMatters. What does reentry mean to you? Criminal justice reform has …

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New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Victims Legislation Signed into Law

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff In April, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill (HB) 342 into law, a Justice Reinvestment bill that ensures crime victims will have more avenues by which to receive support. Another Justice Reinvestment bill, HB 564, was vetoed. Had it been enacted, it would have strengthened …

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Wyoming Justice Reinvestment Legislation Signed into Law

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signs Justice Reinvestment legislation into law. In February, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a package of Justice Reinvestment legislation into law. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 15, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 19, HEA 53, and SEA 50 aim to reduce recidivism 25 percent …

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DOJ Grants: ‘Identify a Need in Your Community’

NACo By Mary Ann Barton Andre Bethea, policy advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Justice Department, has a message for counties: “I can’t make awards if you don’t apply—creativity is on you,” he told members of NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Saturday morning at the kick-off to the association’s annual Legislative Conference. “Identify …

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North Dakota Governor Lauds Behavioral Health Program in State of the State Speech

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff On January 3, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (pictured below) delivered his State of the State address, highlighting progress on a number of fronts, including efforts to combat the state’s behavioral health crisis. He touted the success of Free Through Recovery, an innovative behavioral health program …

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A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

By Megan Quattlebaum, Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center As 2018 draws to a close, I write to update you on the past year – my first – at The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed …

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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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