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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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Jul 06

Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth

a Prison Policy Initiative Report by Joshua Aiken Press Release May 31, 2017 One out of every three people behind bars is being held in a local jail, yet jails get almost none of the attention that prisons do. Jails are ostensibly locally controlled, but the people held there are generally accused of violating state …

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Jun 30

A Message from the Chair and Vice Chair of the CSG Justice Center

As you may know, Michael D. Thompson, the director of The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, informed the leadership of the CSG Justice Center’s board and David Adkins, CEO of the Council of State Governments, that he would be leaving the organization at the end of June to join The Pew Charitable Trusts. …

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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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