In his new role, Mr. LoBuglio will oversee work done by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center and other programs designed to promote successful adult reentry and improve correctional practices inside and outside of local, state, and federal institutions.
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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 […]
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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“We can change all the forms we want, and we can pass all the new laws we want, but if we don’t change the attitude and culture of the jail system, then we will still have the same problem,” said Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston.
“It seems that there was an issue with the follow-through on the initial assessment,” said Dr. Tony Fabelo, director of research for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Fabelo led off testimony before the first hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice into ways to prevent future jail suicides.
Idaho state prisons chief Kevin Kempf has immediately halted all “therapeutic community” programs in Idaho prisons, after an assessment by the Council of State Governments Justice Center found that offenders who go through the programs actually are slightly more likely to re-offend, the AP reports. Inmates who are in therapeutic communities have a 28 percent recidivism rate, compared to a rate of 23 percent for other inmates.
Idaho is eliminating one prison treatment program and will be revamping several others after an in-depth assessment showed that some were ineffective and many relied on outdated research. Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf announced Thursday that all prison “therapeutic community” programs would be halted immediately, and that a team of employees would start looking for replacements for other treatment programs.
For years, critics of the state’s probation system have complained that probation sentences in Rhode Island last years longer than in other states, that state law makes it easy to put a probationer back in jail and that there is no way for those who behave to reduce their sentences.
With Montana’s prison system and jails at 109 percent of capacity and growing, a state commission is taking a hard look at how to reduce that trend–and it’s getting some big-league help. A group of national experts, funded by a private foundation and the federal government, will be crunching the data to analyze what’s behind Montana’s inmate population growth and recommend some potential policy changes.
A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.
The biggest threat to public safety looms over our great state of Alabama like a storm cloud. Our prison system is grossly over capacity, doesn’t rehabilitate those who need it the most, and places a burden on our parole officers and other officials who can’t handle the unnecessarily high intake volume.
Salt Lake County just completed a year-long study of people who flow through the criminal justice system–including the county jail. The study found that mentally ill inmates are not consistently getting the treatment they need and are spending too much time in jail waiting for such help. The study also found that the mentally ill are more likely to return to jail.
If Rhode Island wants a criminal justice system that reduces the number of repeat offenders and operates more efficiently, it will have to do a better job of assessing why the people it arrests are getting into trouble and find better ways of getting them into programs that will change that behavior.