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North Dakota Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

State leaders from both political parties and all three branches of government gathered today to launch a comprehensive review of North Dakota’s criminal justice system with the goal of addressing the growing pressures on the state’s criminal justice system and averting costly future expansions of its correctional facilities.

50 State Teams Gather to Develop Plans for Improving Youth Outcomes in Each State Juvenile Justice System

On the heels of new data showing massive reductions in the number of youth incarcerated, legislators, judges, juvenile justice administrators and other representatives from all 50 states will meet Monday to tackle the next big challenge: making sure supervision and services provided in the correctional facilities and in the community reduce the likelihood youth will be rearrested and end up in the adult criminal justice system.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Signs Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill

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 […]

Justice Center in the News

Study Shows Probation May Be Answer to Incarceration Costs Reduction

A lot of people are incarcerated for drug offenses across Pennsylvania. But in Allegheny County, many drug arrests are handled through probation rather than prison time. Legal experts are saying Allegheny County’s approach may prove a good way to cut down on incarceration costs.

Improved Expungement Laws, More Funding Needed Moving Forward

Over the past few years, West Virginia officials have created a number of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and to provide addiction treatment options, such as the Justice Reinvestment Act and Help-4-WV. But according to state leaders many additional measures must be taken, such as improved expungement laws for nonviolent felons, acceptance of medication-assisted treatment programs and increased funding for treatment centers.

Start Early for Real Criminal Justice Reform

Impoverishment aligns itself with violence, crime, drug abuse, dysfunctional families, loss and hopelessness, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told a room full of attendees wrapping up breakfast at the National Forum on Criminal Justice at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel Monday morning.

Opinion: Overload in Montana’s Justice System

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito is working to launch a program that would give first-time, nonviolent drug offenders the opportunity to get into addiction treatment and out of the criminal justice system faster.

Guest Commentary: Sen. Creem Argues Juvenile Justice Reform is key to Improving Future Outcomes

Flip through the pages of most newspapers — or, more likely, click through their digital versions — and you will be hard-pressed not to come across an argument advocating for criminal justice reform. This topic is “trending” across both blue and red states, and with good reason. I have long argued that reframing how we view criminal justice offers opportunities to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety, and increase overall equity and fairness. By focusing on the most effective use of resources, criminal justice reform can also provide a real opportunity for financial savings to the state.

Hispanic Group Joining Push to End Overcriminalization

A recent event hosted by the Libre Institute highlighted an issue that’s gaining support across the ideological spectrum: Reforms in the criminal-justice system that would clean up the legal code, not only reducing penalties for nonviolent offenses but also removing many crimes from the books.