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Connecticut Eases Penalties for Most Drug Possession Crimes

Connecticut’s drug laws will go from some of the most draconian in the country to some of the most lenient this fall when most drug possession crimes are reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, a change that’s increasingly finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans.

New Program Aims to Help Reduce Recidivism in Allegheny County

A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, will focus on 20 people with serious mental illness — or a mental disorder paired with one relating to drug and alcohol use — who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice, behavioral health and homeless services systems.

Judges Replacing Conjecture with Formula for Bail

Developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a formula which assesses an individual’s likelihood of committing another crime, or skipping a court date, can help judges make decisions around bail. After two years of testing, the formula, developed at a cost of $1.2 million is being rolled out to 21 more jurisdictions, including states like Arizona and New Jersey and cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Will New Bipartisan Criminal Reform Plan Fly?

The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]

Cincinnati’s Community Policing Considered Tops in the Nation

Cincinnati has a total of 50 officers dedicated to community-oriented policing duties. At the heart of the city’s community-policing efforts is the Quality of Life Enhancement Team. The 10 officers immerse themselves in the city’s 52 neighborhoods, going to community meetings and routinely walking the streets to talk with residents and business owners. The interactions give officers a deeper understanding of the issues each neighborhood faces and allow the officers to better identify potential trouble spots.