Gov. Robert Bentley acknowledged the immense problems facing the state’s prison system but said Monday that his administration needs time to address them, not lawsuits.
The Council of State Governments will consider adopting 12 bills from Kentucky as model legislation at its August annual meeting.
A couple of Obama administration officials spent some time in a jail this week by choice. They visited a detention center to meet with inmates nearing release.
The Center for State Governments Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), will partner with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Juvenile Justice Division, and four other states, to implement recommendations unveiled at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.
Chances are someone in your family or someone you know is impacted by mental illness. The numbers in Kentucky are in the tens of thousands and rising, but the amount of funding is going down. As a result law enforcement is getting called to fill in the gap.
In the effort to find solutions to Nebraska’s crowded prisons, the chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee says the good-time law should not be at the center of the debate.
For years, local correctional facilities have been packed to the breaking point. Currently, there are about 2,600 children in Clark County’s juvenile justice system, but one program is helping lower the incarceration rate.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to impose new requirements on states for confining juveniles suspected of crimes. The rules could require state and local officials to spend significantly more money at a time when federal aid for juvenile justice is declining.
Reps. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) have introduced legislation to overhaul the national criminal justice system.