A two-day summit bringing together teams of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals in U.S. communities of all sizes kicked off Monday as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation’s jails.
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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.
In the largest event of its kind, more than 1,400 federally funded providers of reentry and mental health services convened Wednesday for a pair of overlapping conferences aimed at sharpening efforts to reduce rearrest and reincarceration rates and improve other mental health outcomes for people in contact with the criminal 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.
Few States Know Whether Youth Released from Facilities are Subsequently Enrolled in Public School or Go On to Graduate High School NEW YORK—Nov. 5, 2015—A first-of-its-kind report released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center found that […]
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 […]
A comprehensive reform proposal to strengthen Alabama’s corrections and criminal justice system and reduce the state’s severe prison crowding was released to the public today, in conjunction with a parallel policy framework developed by an interbranch task force of Alabama leaders, officials and stakeholders.
A first-of-its-kind study comparing Texas youth with nearly identical characteristics shows that juveniles under community-based supervision are far less likely to reoffend than those incarcerated in state correctional facilities, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with Texas A&M University, announced today.
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The funds awarded today are part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and promote reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals.
After months studying recidivism trends, drivers of incarceration and other elements of criminal justice in Massachusetts, researchers from the Council on State Governments Justice Center plan to gather with a 25-member working group in December to go over final policy recommendations.
As Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and more recently as a candidate for Attorney General, I’ve traveled to every corner of our Commonwealth and seen how the heroin and opioid epidemic is gripping communities – urban, suburban and rural alike – as the number one accidental killer in Pennsylvania.
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore told The Christian Post in an interview that President Barack Obama is “very receptive” to ideas on prison reform that are being advances by a coalition of conservative and liberal activists.
In his first eight sessions as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Kris Steele paid scant attention to crime and punishment. But, in 2008, Steele’s work on the state budget put Oklahoma’s prison system in his sights for the first time. What he saw, he says, “puzzled and dismayed” him.
Researchers from the Council of State Governments (CSG) who have guided the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative since January will present their final report and policy recommendations during a joint meeting of the Legislature’s Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration and Incarceration Issues Committee.
A bill draft addressing criminal justice reform will be ready for the 2017 Legislature next week.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday presented more than $9.3 million in grant funding to community support groups and justice programs across the state, including several in the Eastern Panhandle.
“I was putting people in jail thinking that they would get treatment because I didn’t know any better,” said Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton.
Leading Southern Baptist Convention ethicist Russell Moore and other faith group leaders have sent a letter calling out Congress for lagging far behind the states in passing common-sense criminal justice reforms, arguing these reforms are a “conservative legacy.”