A key bill to alleviate recidivism and modernize the state’s overburdened probation system was discussed recently at the House Committee on Judiciary.
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.
States receiving technical assistance from the CSG Justice Center
Other states that have pursued a justice reinvestment approach with technical assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts or the Vera Institute of Justice include: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah. For a complete, listing visit BJA’s justice reinvestment website.
Prosecutors in Arkansas offered little support Tuesday for efforts to expand parole and probation programs and other alternatives to prison, calling a recent report on overcrowding overblown.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wants to shift money from incarceration to treatment to better address mental health and addiction problems and curb North Dakota’s growing inmate population.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation Thursday aimed at reducing the state prison population by more than 1,000 inmates while plowing millions of dollars into crime prevention.
One of the main goals of proposed legislation aimed at changing the state’s probation system is diverting people who need mental health or drug counseling out of the courts and into treatment, but some observers said the bills, introduced last week, won’t do much good if there aren’t enough programs to accommodate the diverted suspects.
Recently, the House Appropriations Committee approved a federal spending bill that allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs in FY2017.
A new bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Working Group composed of members from all three branches of Pennsylvania’s government met for the first time on March 9 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg for a presentation by The Council of State Governments Justice Center on pressing criminal justice issues in the state.
After enacting justice reinvestment legislation, North Carolina and Pennsylvania embarked on extensive statewide supervision staff training aimed at improving supervision practices. This Q&A discussion with two agency administrators may benefit other jurisdictions considering similar approaches.
The second presentation to the Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Initiative Working Group focuses on front-end drivers of the state’s criminal justice system, the impact of sentencing choices, and ways to strengthen community supervision.
This presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on the state’s sentencing trends, practices, and policies.
Over the past 30 years, the Texas legislature has enacted many criminal justice reforms that shape policy through data analysis, focus on people with mental illnesses in the justice system, and improve distinct components of the system, from indigent defense to parole.