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North Carolina Reaping the Benefits of Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011

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.

Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

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.

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Study Shows Community-Based Supervision Helps Juveniles

A 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 in late January.

Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force Readies Bill For 2015 Legislative Session

Alabama’s overcrowded prison system has been under close scrutiny since the Justice Department started investigating it last year. That came after a report detailed cases of sexual abuse of inmates at the Julia Tutwiler prison for women. Since then, the system’s faced additional lawsuits.

Find Out What the Billionaire Conservative Koch Brothers Are Up to Now, and How It Affects Alabama

State Sen. Cam Ward co-authored a guest column for AL.com Sunday headlined: “Prison Reform Through the Conservative Lens.” Ward, head of Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force, now has some high-powered company in preaching that the conservative thing to do is stop wasting money building prisons, filling them up, and building more: Industries, known for bankrolling anti-Obama Care ads and countless GOP candidates.

Prison Reform Through the Conservative Lens: Guest Opinion

As Alabama’s Legislative Session gets closer, the momentum for prison reform is at an all-time high. The current prison overcrowding crisis provides a great opportunity for the Legislature to address a problem that has increased in urgency for years.

Bill Takes Stab at Prison Reform

MONTGOMERY — Looking to solve the crowding problem in Alabama’s prison system, state Sen. Cam Ward has a 112-page draft of a bill on his desk that he says would significantly reduce the number of inmates.

Op-ed: Solutions for Alabama’s Prisons

As Alabama’s legislative session gets closer, the momentum for prison reform is at an all-time high. The state’s current prison overcrowding crisis provides a great opportunity for the Legislature to address a problem that has increased in urgency for years.