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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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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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