LINCOLN, Neb.—Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday signed into law a significant overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system designed to halt prison population growth, support victims of crime, and improve public safety by enhancing the supervision of people released from […]
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A comprehensive reform proposal to strengthen Alabama’s corrections and criminal justice system and reduce the state’s severe prison crowding was released to the public today, in conjunction with a parallel policy framework developed by an interbranch task force of Alabama leaders, officials and stakeholders.
A first-of-its-kind study comparing Texas youth with nearly identical characteristics shows that juveniles under community-based supervision are far less likely to reoffend than those incarcerated in state correctional facilities, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with Texas A&M University, announced today.
Proposal averts more than $300 million in corrections spending, eases prison crowding and improves public safety.
Inter-branch Justice Reinvestment Taskforce develops proposal to supervise property offenders after incarceration, invest in data-driven policing.
The bipartisan, interbranch Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce convened by Governor Jay Inslee has endorsed a set of policy options aimed at tackling the state’s high property crime rate, now ranked the highest in the nation.
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.
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Miami-Dade County has long had a more acute problem than most. By one estimate, more than 9 percent of Miami residents suffer from a mental illness — a rate that is approximately three times higher than the national average. Yet over the course of the past decade, Miami-Dade County has emerged as a national model for how a county can develop strategies to combat the criminalization of mental illness.
Appearing in this episode of Smart Talk are Patriot-News/PennLive reporter Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, and Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel.
Decades of runaway prison costs and an entrenched cycle of recidivism have forced a nationwide shift—particularly in states like Texas and Alabama—from a “tough-on-crime” era to data-driven “smart-on-crime” approaches.
Rhode Island has the nation’s third-highest probation rate. And in Providence, 1 out of every 11 men is on probation. Meanwhile, two-thirds of prison sentences are for “low-severity crimes” (drug or property crimes, as opposed to violent or sex crimes). And unless something is done, the state prison population is expected to grow by 12 percent over the next decade.
“The LAPD has a multilayered approach, which is necessary for a more comprehensive response to connect individuals with mental illness to the most appropriate services needed,” said Nicola Smith-Kea, policy analyst for the Law Enforcement Program of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are hosting teams of superintendents, principals, and teachers from across the country today for “Rethink Discipline,” a day-long conference at the White House on creating positive school climates and implementing effective discipline practices. The conference seeks to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.
Joining a growing effort to tackle what one official calls “a national crisis,” the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on July 20 to reduce the number of inmates with mental illness in the county jail. The board’s action came only days after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s July 14 announcement that he was creating the North Carolina Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force in support of the national “Stepping Up” initiative on mental illness and incarceration.
In this segment of HuffPost Live, Host Caroline Modarressi leads a discussion about what is working to improve the justice system for adolescents across America.
The announcement will the mark the launch of a months-long effort by the Council of State Governments Justice Center to help Rhode Island policymakers identify potential new ways “to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism and increase public safety.”
Gov. Gina Raimondo established a working group to reform the state’s criminal justice system and reduce costs arising from the high rate of offenders returning to jail.