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Legislation a Key Step in Prison Change

The Tribune has advocated for some time for changes to reduce the number of inmates serving time in North Dakota. The Legislature has passed legislation this session that should help reach that goal.

North Dakota Hails Laws Aimed at Slowing Prison Growth

Gov. Doug Burgum, lawmakers, corrections officials and others on Friday hailed new legislation aimed at slowing prison growth by helping nonviolent offenders through treatment and sentencing alternatives, instead of warehousing them behind bars.

Criminal Justice Reinvestment Bill Is Signed into Law

House Bill 1041, signed by Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday, reduces the drug possession charge level from a Class C felony to a Class A misdemeanor for first-time offenders and establishes probation as the presumptive sentence for low-level, nonviolent felonies. It also authorizes a pretrial services pilot project to free up limited and costly jail space and authorizes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to award good time on credit for jail time which was previously prohibited.

As Louisiana Eyes Criminal Justice Reform, Battle Lines Drawn over Growing Number of Long-Serving Inmates

Though much of the discussion over a raft of criminal justice reforms headed for the Legislature this spring has focused on those sent to prison for nonviolent crimes—drug or property offenses like burglary—it’s a smaller group of inmates serving extremely long sentences that have an outsized impact on Louisiana’s prison population and, by extension, the state budget.

Progress Made in North Dakota, but Work Ahead on Behavioral Health

Gov. Burgum said the interim between legislative sessions will be critical in developing policy for behavioral health. “We need to look at this as a whole. We can’t continue budgeting in silos. We need to identify synergies and find savings in our day-to-day management.”