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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

Justice Reinvestment Hopes to Curb Incarceration Costs in ND

Drugs are a problem in North Dakota, just as they are across the rest country. Many who get trapped in a cycle of addiction don’t get the help they need when they’re sent to jail. Now, lawmakers and other officials are trying to tackle that problem.

ND Jail System Under Pressure with Rising Numbers of Low-Level Felony Offenders

North Dakota is increasingly filling its prisons and jails with low-level felony offenders who may be better served by probation and treatment, and drug offenses are the main driver, officials heard Wednesday from researchers helping the state identify ways to reduce spending on corrections and prevent repeat offenses.

A Summit on the Mentally Ill in U.S. Jails

Amid growing recognition that large numbers of U.S. jail inmates suffer from mental health problems, three major organizations have gathered teams from 50 places in Washington, D.C., to plan a detailed attack on the problem.

Analysis: State Spends $8M Jailing People on Motor Vehicle Charges

Massachusetts could be spending as much as $8 million a year incarcerating people on misdemeanor motor-vehicle charges, according to a Council on State Governments analysis.

The analysis by the CSG’s Justice Center found that motor-vehicle and property offenses accounted for 47 percent of all sentences to county houses of corrections in 2013, the most recent year for which figures were available.

Working Group Aims to Reform R.I. Probation System

The work of the Rhode Island Justice Reinvestment Working Group, assembled by Gov. Gina Raimondo to improve the state’s criminal justice system, seems poised to come to fruition as the anniversary of its July 2015 inception draws nearer. According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s website, the group was created to reform the Rhode Island probation system.

Justice-system review focused on stopping ‘revolving door’

The Lowell Sun By Katie Lannan BOSTON — People who had been convicted of prior offenses accounted for nearly three quarters of new convictions in Massachusetts in a single year, according to a data analysis presented Tuesday to a working […]

Report: Recidivism Remains a Criminal Justice Challenge

People with prior involvement in the Massachusetts criminal justice system account for three out of every four new convictions. That’s one finding of a panel set up to study the problem of recidivism in the state.

Report: Recidivism remains a criminal justice challenge

Individuals with prior involvement in the state’s criminal justice system account for three out of every four new convictions.

That’s one finding of a panel set up to study the problem of recidivism in Massachusetts.