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North Dakota May Hold Key to Wyoming’s Prison Woes

Wyoming and North Dakota do not share a border but do share some definitive traits — wide open spaces, a largely rural population, energy booms and busts and staunch Republican control of state government.

Task Force Identifies Juvenile Justice Policies That Advance Colorado’s Effort to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Youth Outcomes

“Putting children in confinement should be a last resort, not a first option,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These policy recommendations are data-driven, practical proposals that will improve our state’s juvenile justice system. I commend the task force and urge lawmakers to consider these measures in the next legislative session.”

Pa. Launches Center to Help Counties Reduce Prison Population with Mental Illness

The center is a step toward solving a problem that has long plagued the criminal justice system, said John Wetzel, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections. “The notion that we’re delivering behavioral health services and mental health services in the criminal justice system more than any other system is a national embarrassment,” he said.

Cost of Incarceration Rising in Idaho

Over the last 35 years, Idaho’s imprisonment rate increased five-fold, making it the state with the 13th highest incarceration rate in the nation and outpacing all six neighboring states, according to a new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy.

Legislators Consider Justice Reinvestment Suggestions

SHERIDAN – More than half of prison admissions in 2017 were from probation and parole revocations, resulting in an estimated cost of $30 million per year for people incarcerated from supervision.

Criminal Justice Reform Solutions Await Lawmaker Action

Outside experts from the Council of State Governments presented lawmakers last week with targeted solutions to stem Wyoming’s ever-deepening prison crisis: Invest in substance abuse and mental health treatment for offenders and retool probation and parole programs.

Study Looks at Ways to Cut Corrections Costs

Wyoming’s prisons are full, and inmate populations are on pace to continue to swell by 9 percent, increasing costs for the state by an estimated tens of millions of dollars by 2023.

Watch: Employ Milwaukee Second Chance Highlights

This video from Employ Milwaukee in Wisconsin highlights the partnership between corrections and workforce systems to improve employment outcomes in the Milwaukee County, Wisconsin area and includes interviews with subject matter experts, an employer, and people who secured employment after incarceration with the aid of Employ Milwaukee.

Watch: Palm Beach County Reentry Success Story

This video profiles Talmedge Hayes, a formerly incarcerated man from Palm Beach County, Florida. While incarcerated Hayes earned a high school diploma and worked for Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises. After release, Hayes participated in a post-release program which helped him to secure full time employment with the county.