In his new role, Mr. LoBuglio will oversee work done by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center and other programs designed to promote successful adult reentry and improve correctional practices inside and outside of local, state, and federal institutions.
News and Announcements
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.
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.
Justice Center in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia was one of three states to receive grants under the Second Chance Act, and the state has made the most of the opportunity, said Elizabeth Seigle, technical assistance manager in the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
“How can we better supervise people so we are getting better outcomes?” said John Wetzel, state Department of Corrections secretary. “So people leave and are not coming back by either committing new crimes, or by violating terms of their parole.”
The Council of State Governments Justice Center says if you spend less on keeping people locked up, you can use that money to prevent future crimes and keep the public safer. That’s called justice reinvestment.
A group studying the state’s justice system says it will cost $500 million to pay for the additional growth during the next biennium.
So, the group, and a number of others, are trying to talk legislators into taking a different path.
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.
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.