Ohio’s recidivism rate—the rate at which a former inmates return to prison within three years of being released—continues to drop. Last year it was at 28.7 percent. Now it’s at 27.1 percent. That’s a four-point dip from the rate three years ago and well below the national rate of 44 percent.
Gov. Dave Heineman wants to hold off on any consideration of building new prison cells until a comprehensive study of lower-cost alternatives is completed.
In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and human dignity, and asked for further support in reauthorizing the legislation in Congress.
After 10 months of research, long hearings and hard work by all three branches of Idaho’s state government, the justice reinvestment bill won quick and unanimous support this afternoon in the House Judiciary Committee.
One prison in the Arizona desert is taking an unorthodox approach to tackling the issue. The Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence is the latest facility in the country to start a wild horse program – teaching inmates to tame wild mustangs fresh off the American plains.
Mayor Toni Harp ARC ’78 announced her administration’s revitalized prison reentry program, Project Fresh Start, at a press conference on Monday afternoon at City Hall. Project Fresh Start is designed to meet the basic needs of offenders facing the challenges of reintegrating into society after being released from prison.
Shortly after Senator Rand Paul filed suit last month against the Obama administration to stop its electronic dragnet of American phone records, he sat down for lunch with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in his private dining room at the Justice Department.
So began a 40-hour training session for the latest crop of South Florida police officers who now wear a pin with the letters “C.I.T.” on their uniforms. CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team, and the intense, weeklong course serves as a sort of boot camp for cops when it comes to handling — and defusing — situations where mental health comes into play.
Yuma County Superior Court has been selected as one of four county courts and one city court in Arizona to pilot the Public Safety Assessment-Court (PSA-Court) pre-trial risk assessment tool.
Their efforts are part of a national movement to make New York and North Carolina treat 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles rather than adults in the criminal justice system. The two states are the last in the country that automatically treat those in their late teens, regardless of their crimes, as adults.