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Transforming Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System

Prisons play a key role in Nebraska’s criminal justice system by protecting public safety and preparing inmates for return to our society. Under the leadership of Director Scott Frakes over the past two years, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has been making great strides and working to better achieve their mission. From expanding facility capacity to automating sentence calculation processes and expanding programming, the agency has been adopting data-driven practices to modernize its operations and facilities.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: ‘It’s Frustrating, Sitting at the Back of the System’

John Wetzel is in a unique position.

As Pennsylvania’s corrections secretary, he’s developed a long-lens view of state politics. He has no power to enact laws or invest in social services but at any given time his department oversees more than 50,000 incarcerated people whose lives are directly affected by those laws and those investments (or lack thereof).

Criminal Justice Reforms Mark ‘a Turning Point’ for Rhode Island

State lawmakers, public defenders, corrections officials, community activists and police came together with Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday to hail a series of new laws as the most historic changes to the criminal justice system in Rhode Island to arise in decades.

Raimondo Signs Series of Bills to Overhaul Criminal-Justice System

State lawmakers, public defenders, corrections officials, community activists and police came together with Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday to hail a series of new laws as the most historic changes to the criminal justice system in Rhode Island to arise in decades.

New FBI Crime Data Takes Search for Solutions to the State, Local Level

Any indication our neighborhoods may be becoming less safe will always be met with anxiety. The FBI’s annual report on crime, released early last week, will fairly be met with some concern that our collective effort to keep citizens safe is going in the wrong direction.

New Law Provides Sidetrack to Prison for Probation Violators in Arkansas

A new law on the books, set to go into effect today, aims at sending those low-level probation violators, as well as delinquent parolees, to short-term lockups at county jails or to treatment programs rather than to longer-term, crowded prisons. The state Department of Correction has more than 16,000 inmates in custody but only room for 15,300.

Mass. Senate Panel Gets a Look at Justice Reform Bill

Senate members of the Judiciary Committee on Friday advanced a 114-page criminal justice bill that would phase out the indigent counsel fee, require regular reviews to determine whether a prisoner should stay in solitary confinement, and allow people to effectively wipe old charges from a national database.

Panel: Laws Drive Higher Prison Population at Higher Cost

In Missouri, a person becomes an adult eligible to drink at age 21, vote at 18 and commit a crime at 17.

That law, combined with very low thresholds for felony charges for drug crimes, can mean a lifetime of lower wages, fewer opportunities and a greater chance of re-offending, attorney Jennifer Bukowsky said Tuesday during a forum on prison costs.