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.
News and Announcements
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.
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.
Washington, D.C.—In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) came together today to mark the five-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act and to announce that they, along with other Senate and House leaders, will be introducing legislation reauthorizing the landmark act today. To read the press release for this event, click here.
Washington, D.C.— White House staff joined leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice at a forum today entitled Bridging Reentry and Workforce Development: A Shared Approach to Strengthening Communities. The event was cohosted by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and its partners at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Justice Center in the News
Nebraska could significantly reduce prison crowding by sentencing more nonviolent felons to probation instead of prison and by finding alternatives to incarceration for inmates serving sentences of less than a year.
With the prison populations rising and an estimated $200 million slated for construction and $83 million for operations projected for 2014-2018 to account for the increase, the state partnered with the Council of State Governments Justice Center to research options to reduce that spending and increase public safety.
West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told legislators Monday he’s pleasantly surprised by the decrease in the state inmate population in the first year of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Act.
Michigan should follow the trend of most other states by reforming corrections and sentencing guidelines, which are currently inconsistent.
Salt Lake County has enlisted experts to undertake a yearlong study of the county’s criminal justice system.
Standard Examiner By Cathy Mckitrick A staggering percentage of individuals held in county jails around the United States suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders. This trend is pushing law enforcement and corrections professionals to seek better ways to […]
Nebraska has been struggling with prison overcrowding for several years and turned to the use of county jails — as some other states have done — to offer short-term relief until other measures to reduce prison population take hold.
Now, for the first time in years, prison numbers are going down and the state is adopting evidence-based methods for reducing recidivism.
According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, it would cost Alabama $840 million to build enough prison space to end the overcrowding.
“Too many schools resort too quickly to exclusionary discipline, even for minor misbehaviors,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, in his speech accompanying the January school guidance package.