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Justice Reform Again on State Officials Radar

With a pending prison population report that is expected to show the state system is well over capacity, recent talks between the Governor’s Office and a national nonprofit have some advocates wondering: Is 2015 the year for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma?

Crime Reform Bills Deserve Full Debate

State lawmakers are reviewing intriguing legislation focused on revamping local parole and probation systems so that those who commit minor crimes can be rehabilitated before they are convicted of an offense that sends them to prison.

Is Slamming the Jail Door Shut Mental Health Treatment? No Says Rep. Patrick Kennedy

This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. The conference, called “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” sponsored by the Kennedy Forum was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.

Mental Health Treatment in Prison Gets Culture Overhaul

purred by a lawsuit aimed at the high number of inmates with mental illness being kept in solitary confinement, the Department of Correction has since taken a systemwide look at all mentally ill inmates and how it can better help them through appropriate medical care to helping department employees spot signs of mental illness and how to respond.

Odds of Ending Mass Incarceration ‘Don’t Look Good’

Political leaders in the U.S. know how to reduce mass incarceration, but “the odds at the moment don’t look very good,” criminologist Michael Tonry of the University of Minnesota told the American Society of Criminology Thursday.