Nebraska’s prisons house nearly 2,000 more inmates than the buildings were designed to hold. State taxpayers are paying to put 168 more state inmates in county jails.
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.
Decades of being “tough on crime” have proved to be tough on taxpayers. But the principles of smart justice are gaining traction locally and statewide.
The Nebraska Legislature now has a trio of bills to debate on one of the biggest issues of the year: prison reform.
The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee advanced the last of three bills Wednesday that seek to reduce chronic overcrowding in state prisons, improve inmate rehabilitation and increase oversight of the state prison system.
That old saying, “A day of reckoning is fast approaching,” is so apropos when discussing Alabama’s seriously overcrowded prisons.
Addressing solely the finances of prison reform, it would cost $840 million to build new prisons that would reduce Alabama’s prison capacity of 190 percent to just 100 percent. That $840 million is 44 percent of the state’s unearmarked $1.9 billion general fund budget.
If Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to reduce property crimes with a year of community supervision for many convicts is to work, the money needs to be there — and for the long run.
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.
A review of the composition of prison populations in three states found that drops in prison admissions, prison populations, or both, in recent years have been especially pronounced among nonwhites according to a brief released today by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.
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 […]
This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, and arrests data presented to the Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce.