Alabama’s overcrowded prison system has been under close scrutiny since the Justice Department started investigating it last year. That came after a report detailed cases of sexual abuse of inmates at the Julia Tutwiler prison for women. Since then, the systemâs faced additional lawsuits.
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.
State Sen. Cam Ward co-authored a guest column for AL.com Sunday headlined: “Prison Reform Through the Conservative Lens.” Ward, head of Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force, now has some high-powered company in preaching that the conservative thing to do is stop wasting money building prisons, filling them up, and building more: Industries, known for bankrolling anti-Obama Care ads and countless GOP candidates.
As Alabama’s Legislative Session gets closer, the momentum for prison reform is at an all-time high. The current prison overcrowding crisis provides a great opportunity for the Legislature to address a problem that has increased in urgency for years.
David Guice, the commissioner of North Carolina’s prison system, goes “On the Record” about how the state keeps prisoners from coming back once they’re released.
Sentencing reforms proposed by a blue-ribbon committee to avoid $300 million in new prison construction and reduce overcrowding got a mostly favorable reception during a public hearing Friday.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center delivered separate reports to Nebraska and Washington last month outlining potential policy changes as state government leaders consider making significant changes to their criminal justice systems.
During their recent State of the State addresses, governors across the country talked about criminal justice reforms in their states, including justice reinvestment, which is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest a portion of the savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
In his 2015 State of the State address, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter highlighted his administration’s progress in establishing more effective community supervision practices and reducing recidivism through implementation of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Act.
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, and arrests data presented to the Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce.
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, probation, and parole data presented to Nebraska’s Justice Reinvestment Working Group.
Presentation of strategies and policy options intended to help avert prison population growth and increase public safety, delivered to the Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce at the Washington State Capitol on December 5, 2014.