JournalStar.com – Government & Politics By Zach Pluhacek Two measures aimed at addressing concerns with Nebraska’s prisons and criminal justice system passed with overwhelming support from state lawmakers on Thursday. The first bill (LB598), which passed 47-0, takes aim at […]
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.
Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday will join other state and local leaders to sign historic criminal justice reforms into law.
Gov. Rick Snyder called for broad reforms in sentencing policies and improved criminal rehabilitation programs Monday in a major address aimed at better controlling the more than $2 billion a year the state spends on criminal justice.
It is not often that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center find common cause with conservative Republicans in Alabama. But on Tuesday, both sides will celebrate when Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signs legislation that will substantially cut the number of prisoners in state custody.
It has been getting easier by the day for politicians to talk about fixing the nation’s broken criminal justice system. But when states in the Deep South, which have long had some of the country’s harshest penal systems, make significant sentencing and prison reforms, you know something has changed.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week signed into law historic criminal justice reforms designed to significantly reduce the state’s prison population and bolster public safety through an overhaul of how people are supervised after being released from incarceration.
After decades of looking the other way while prison populations swelled and conditions deteriorated, the Alabama Legislature took a major step toward meaningful prison reform this week.
The Alabama Legislature today overwhelmingly approved a bill intended to reduce overcrowding in Alabama prisons.
Faced with the most crowded prison system in the nation and overwhelmed probation and parole systems, state leaders in Alabama pursued justice reinvestment. After extensive analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to reduce prison overcrowding and strengthen community-based supervision.
A review of the composition of prison populations in three states found that drops in prison admissions, prison populations, or both, have been especially pronounced in recent years among blacks and Hispanics.
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, probation, and parole data presented to Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force. It outlines strategies and policy options to reduce the prison population and recidivism in the state by strengthening community-based supervision and […]