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
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.
Proposal averts more than $300 million in corrections spending, eases prison crowding and improves public safety.
Justice Center in the News
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.
A presentation from a national advocate for mental health and criminal justice Tuesday indicated Douglas County is doing the right things to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems in the county jail.
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.
The answer is not simply to build more psychiatric facilities, but rather to fulfill the promise of deinstitutionalization by providing effective treatment and supports in the least restrictive setting.
Ten months after Governor Raimondo commissioned a panel to study the state’s probation system, a cluster of legislative proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly that would enact many of its recommendations.
Corrections reform has become one of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s key planks in his campaign for governor. The state’s prison system and most county jails are dealing with overcrowding issues. And, as Department of Corrections Director Leann Bertsch noted in the past, we can’t build our way out of the problem.
On average, the percentage of mentally ill people behind bars is more than three times the percentage of people in the general population with mental illness, a legislative task force was told Thursday.
Drugs are a problem in North Dakota, just as they are across the rest of the 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.
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, according to researchers who are helping the state identify ways to reduce spending on corrections and prevent repeat offenses.
Running a jail is about much more than processing and housing people awaiting trial. At larger facilities, efficiency, personnel management, and resource allocation may mean the difference between swift and delayed justice. Now, some administrators are setting a new goal: making their jails run more like companies.