California Arrests Study

The unprecedented study answers one question: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

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North Dakota Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

North Dakota Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

“We welcome this opportunity to further review our criminal justice system and build on our work to reduce recidivism and to ensure that spending on corrections is as cost-effective as possible, while adhering to our high standards of public safety,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.

Connecticut To Be Recognized by President Obama at State of the Union Address

Connecticut To Be Recognized by President Obama at State of the Union Address

As of January 2016, the number of people incarcerated in Connecticut correctional facilities was the lowest it’s been in 21 years, with the sentenced population dropping to 11,706, a number which has fallen in tandem with crime rates, according to recent data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress approved a $1.15 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill that would fund three key programs championed by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center: the Second Chance Act (SCA), the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The spending bill includes the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which provides $28.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Arkansas Leaders Briefed on Rapid Growth in State’s Prison System

Arkansas Leaders Briefed on Rapid Growth in State’s Prison System

The Council of State Governments Justice Center met with the bipartisan Arkansas Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force recently to launch a study of Arkansas’s criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the sources of the state’s rapid prison population growth.

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WEBINARS

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.

Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

This webinar discussed the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA), and provided participants the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of WRNA, best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments with or without other assessment tools, and resources and recommendations to help address challenges to using WRNA.

Publications

Fact Sheet: Incarcerated Women and Girls

Fact Sheet: Incarcerated Women and Girls

This fact sheet from the Sentencing Project outlines the change in involvement of women within the criminal justice system over the past quarter century, which shows that the rate of growth for female imprisonment has outpaced men by more than 50% between 1980 and 2014.

The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act

The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act

This report from the Brennan Center for Justice proposes federal legislation that would reverse the impact of harsh, punitive policies that led to mass incarceration.

RECENT HEADLINES

Ryan Pledges Action on Criminal Justice Reform

Ryan said that bills reported out of the House Judiciary Committee—all of which he says he supports—are expected to get floor time this year. But he did not offer a specific time frame, saying that would be up to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who manages the schedule.

Congress Eschews Conventional Wisdom on Criminal Justice Reform

Conventional Senate wisdom says similar bills should be paired together for the best chance of receiving floor time. But lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decided the country’s criminal justice system needs repair quickly. So to avoid creating an ominously large political target, elected officials are disentangling the massive topic into three separate, and highly overlapping, threads: sentencing reform, mental health and opioid addiction.

North Dakota to Review Justice System

With its jails and prisons overcrowded and incarceration costs on rise, North Dakota launched an effort with a national partner aimed at curbing spending on corrections and reinvesting the savings in ways that curb recidivism and boost public safety.

States at a Crossroads on Criminal Justice Reform

After two decades of “tough on crime” policies, many states are taking a hard look at the way people are charged, how much time they serve, and what happens when they are released from prison.