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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“We have to ensure every child that comes into contact with the criminal justice system has not only a choice but also the tools to become a law-abiding and committed member of society,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday at a Justice Department briefing on the study.
By partnering beat cops with mental health clinicians, the L.A. Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit reined in costs associated with frivolous 911 calls. It also connected thousands of individuals with counseling and support, reducing incidences of force used on individuals with mental illness and alleviating the burden on overcrowded emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.
Nebraska lawmakers spent years building the state’s tough-on-crime reputation with policies that sent more thieves, drug offenders, and parole violators to prison.
A $70,000 grant through the West Virginia Justice Reinvestment Treatment Supervision Program will fund the positions.
By expanding access to and reinvesting in community-based treatment services, we’re giving those struggling with addiction the help they need to get on the road to recovery.
A new initiative, “Stepping Up,” unites state and local governments and the American Psychiatric Foundation to promote research-based practices to tackle our overreliance on jail as mental health treatment, such as in-jail counseling programs that reduce the chances of repeat offenders.
Governor Robert Bentley (AL) joins other state and local leaders to sign historic criminal justice reforms into law.
The bills, which now head to Gov. Pete Ricketts for approval, will enhance public safety and lay a foundation for reforming Nebraska’s overcrowded prison system, said Omaha Sen. Heath Mello.
Huffington Post By Mary Giliberti, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Human Rights Watch has released a report, Callous and Cruel, on the “unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force” used in jails and prison to control inmates […]
Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday will join other state and local leaders to sign historic criminal justice reforms into law.