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In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

“Rural areas, which traditionally have had lower crime rates, have seen dramatic increases in incarceration rates,” says Jacob Kang-Brown, a senior research associate with the Vera Institute of Justice. “We see them now having the highest incarceration rates in the country.”

Cannabis candidate survey under way

Last week, the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii sent a one-question email survey to over 300 candidates for elective office in Hawaii to determine their position on whether the Aloha State should legalize cannabis for adult use.

Missouri officials approve $5 million prison program

Missouri was faced with an alarming report in 2017 that said either spend $189 million over the next five years — primarily by improving treatment options for people with behavioral health problems — or risk paying $485 million to build and run two new prisons.

Pennsylvania’s Bail System Keeps Poor People in Jail

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — John Z. Murphy Jr. spent 42 days in Northampton County Jail on misdemeanor charges because he couldn’t come up with $800 in bail money.

In fact, the 34-year-old Allentown man would still be in prison awaiting his unresolved case, if not for an initiative the county court recently implemented.

Groups at opposite ends of political spectrum hosting panel on mass incarceration

Two organizations that are often on opposite sides of political issues have joined forces for a panel discussion Friday evening.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the libertarian group bankrolled by the billionaire Koch network, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which defends the Bill of Rights and has been associated with progressive policies, have teamed up to host a bipartisan panel to discuss ways to end mass incarceration in Missouri.

Opinion: To Reimagine the Criminal Justice System, Start with a Face-to-Face Connection

Recently, the first lady and I convened a group of state officials, judges, prosecutors, victim advocates and other stakeholders to discuss Connecticut’s progress toward improving the state’s criminal justice system. Sounds like a run-of-the-mill convening of policymakers and practitioners until you consider the venue: one of our state’s maximum-security prisons, the Cheshire Correctional Institution.