In January 2013, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Representatives Richard Nugent (R-FL) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced S. 162/H.R. 401, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (JMHCA). The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last June and has 64 cosponsors in Congress.
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The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center today, entitled Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System.
In this congressional briefing hosted by Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) and moderated by Council of State Governments Justice Center Director Michael Thompson, state and federal leaders will discuss successful, bipartisan approaches taken in Connecticut, Ohio, and Texas to address youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Not only have these states saved millions of dollars in spending and made changes to ineffective policies, but they have improved outcomes for children while keeping communities safe.
Congressional leaders committed to improving mental health services and public safety joined the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center today for a briefing on the new wave of national efforts to reduce the overwhelming number of people with mental disorders cycling through U.S. jails.
Three years after enacting comprehensive reforms to its criminal justice system, North Carolina is showing significant signs of success from its data-driven, “justice reinvestment” approach, according to a report released today by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), today released two publications explaining what state and local governments can do to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two governors today pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center today released a comprehensive report providing school leaders, as well as state and local government officials, more than 60 recommendations for overhauling their approach to school discipline.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 13, 2014 – More than 800 criminal justice experts and professionals gather this week for a pair of overlapping conferences designed to promote collaboration in the areas of mental health and recidivism reduction.
District Attorney Susan Reed of Bexar County, Texas has been appointed to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s (CSG Justice Center) Board of Directors.
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The effort, dubbed “Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails,” follows the rise in the number of people with mental disorders booked into local jails, now estimated to top two million annually.
To reduce prison overcrowding and repeat crimes, a reform study recommends that Nebraska increase the use of probation and drug courts for nonviolent offenders and bulk up supervision of inmates after their release.
A proposal to require supervision for individuals after completing prison sentence, address the needs of crime victims and tackle the revolving door to state prisons was released today by the Justice Reinvestment Working Group.
More than $306 million could be diverted from Nebraska prison construction and operating costs over five years to programs that tackle prison crowding while improving public safety.
Even as the number of people going to prison has declined in recent years, Alabama’s overall inmate population has barely budged.
Andy Barbee of The Council of State Governments Justice Center, which is providing research and assistance, went over charts analyzing parole, sentencing and other factors in the prison population.
A new confinement center that opened in Morganton on Monday will repurpose a portion of the former Western Youth Institution, which closed almost a year ago.
As the cost of crime and punishment continues to rise, it’s time for Michigan to take a hard look at the rate of return on Department of Corrections spending and decide whether it’s wise to keep those dollars locked up behind bars.
This summer, Fallin’s office tasked a Harvard University graduate student with reviewing JRI.
With a pending prison population report that is expected to show the state system is well over capacity, recent talks between the Governor’s Office and a national nonprofit have some advocates wondering: Is 2015 the year for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma?