Already, students reported feeling motivated and confident after completing the first course. “Next I’m going to work on my GED,” one even says.
The Council of State Governments Justice reinvestment team convened the working group for a third meeting this week. Their presentation focused on recidivism with particular attention to pretrial decision-making, incarcerated populations, and programming within HOC institutions. The CSG also provided an addendum with additional slides.
Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate climbed 20 percent between 2004 and 2014, with the total correctional population, which includes both state prisons and county jails, jumping by 17 percent. By comparison, neighboring states New York and New Jersey saw their incarceration rates drop by 20 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in that time.
A year after a new law designed to clamp down on the use of out-of-school suspension, a preliminary review of four of Connecticut’s biggest cities shows suspension is down, but continues at an alarmingly high rate, according to the state’s child advocate.
The Senate recently approved a bill aimed at fighting opioid addiction, reaching the finish line on legislation that’s likely to be one of Congress’s top achievements this year. With the 92-2 vote, the bill now heads to President Obama’s desk after nearly a year of negotiations.
Legislation that overhauls Georgia’s criminal justice system also touches the state’s educational system, and the Georgia Board of Education will hold a hearing on implementing their part of it.
After reviewing data on pretrial detainees held in three county jails, members of a state criminal justice working group said they could see benefits to adopting a data-based pretrial risk assessment tool, although barriers exist to doing so in Massachusetts.
“We need to lift up minorities, women, and persons with disabilities who have been overlooked within our society and are underrepresented in our economy,” Governor Rauner said.
Nevada beat out 17 other states to receive technical help from The Council of State Governments Justice Center, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization which will be conducting the review. Right now, juvenile arrests are down statewide and youth incarceration is at its lowest point in 10 years. But the real issue, according to Governor Brian Sandoval, is making sure millions of dollars in state funding are being used most effectively.
Prisoners who are released to the community without any supervision in Massachusetts reoffend at higher rates than those who are released with supervision. Yet, some of the most dangerous criminals are often the ones released without supervision, according to information released recently by the Council of State Governments Justice Center.