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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.

New Report Highlights States with Fewer Returns to Prison

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.

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NACo, CSG Target Mental Health in Jail

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.

Proposal Averts Almost $300 Million in Corrections Spending

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.

Opinion: Michigan Must Get Smarter about Prison Sentencing

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.

Justice Reform Again on State Officials Radar

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?