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Burdick Delineates Court Issues for Lawmakers

Idaho lawmakers were challenged by Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick today to consider whether they want to continue the state’s policy of having at least one magistrate judge in each county that wants one, even as the population continues to concentrate in Ada, Canyon, Kootenai, Bonneville, Bannock and Twin Falls counties; the policy’s been in place since 1969.

Conservative Group Backs Raimondo’s ‘Justice Reinvestment’ Bills

Last session, the justice reinvestment legislation didn’t have bicameral support at the State House; the full Senate resoundingly passed the bills while the House of Representatives didn’t vote on the bills. While it’s still unclear what the House will do this session, the six bills that were born out of a task force appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo, will at least have some level of bipartisan support.

Arkansas Legislators Introduce Parolee Measure

The proposal includes limiting the amount of time parole and probation violators spend locked up and where they go. The law also would make judges who divert from sentencing guidelines more subject to appeals in which they have to explain their reasoning.

Corrosive Impact of Prison Time on Family Prosperity

David Safavian, deputy director of the American Conservative Union’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, emphasized the destructive role prison time plays on family stability. Even upon release from prison, he said, a person convicted of a felony is 50 percent less likely to get a job interview and will earn 10 to 40 percent less money.

State Senator Looks to Reform Criminal Justice In Arkansas

The Washington County Jail houses inmates from Madison County, Springdale and Fayetteville, along with some state and federal inmates. New legislation is set to not only decrease the number of criminals who come through the doors, but also could give repeat offenders a hand up, not a hand out.