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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

Criminal Justice Panel Working Toward Year-End Policy Debate

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.

We Can’t Arrest Our Way out of Pa.’s Heroin Epidemic: Josh Shapiro

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.

When a Policy Alone Is Not Enough

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.

‘Strong Opinions’ Expected on Bill Draft for Incarceration Reform

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.

W.Va. Grants for Support, Justice Programs Announced

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.