Passing the Justice Reinvestment Act in North Carolina wasn’t always a sure thing, especially since it initially faced a fair amount of skepticism from the right, with concerns that the bill was “soft on crime.” However, the more we educated members on the policy, the more support we built. In the end, the legislation passed with broad bipartisan support, and the results have been a case study for how successful and transformative criminal justice reform can be.
Justice Reinvestment Media Clips
The state Senate embraced criminal justice reform this week by unanimously passing three pieces of legislation comprising the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) II reforms.
To create a better understanding of recent crime and criminal justice population trends both nationally and at the state level, the CSG Justice Center hosted the 50-State Summit on Public Safety in November 2017 in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, or ASCA. The summit came at a time when public safety officials and crime data are telling a complex story
The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed the most sweeping reforms to the state’s criminal justice system in decades, a package aimed at paring the number of people caught up in the courts, helping those who have served their time stay out of jail, and giving young offenders more leeway to avoid the system altogether.
In a letter sent to the Members of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Conference Committee, Massachusetts Catholic bishops applauded the committee’s efforts in crafting criminal reform legislation, and reiterated items that they hope will be included in the legislation.
Elected officials from all across the state and other guests convened at the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center campus in Fort Smith for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Sebastian County regional crisis stabilization unit.
The opening of Arkansas’s first Crisis Stabilization Unit in Sebastian County opens an entirely new and more humane approach for law-enforcement officers who encounter a person in a mental-health crisis, Governor Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The first of four Crisis Stabilization Units opened Wednesday in Northwest Arkansas as officials there hosted a ribbon cutting for the center.
One of the state’s first mental health crisis centers opened its doors in Fort Smith on Wednesday.
While Nebraska has a low violent crime rate, there has been a lot of opportunity to ensure that our prisons and criminal justice system help bring that rate down. Over the past three years, state officials have been working to invest in our criminal justice system. This will help bring down the rate of reoffending and give our corrections officers a better work environment. This work has been a three-branch, bipartisan effort focused on five major areas: sentencing reform, funding operations, building prison capacity, improving facility staffing and expanding programming.