Advancing Sensible Justice in Tennessee

beacon center croppedThis report from the Beacon Center of Tennessee features stories of people affected by the current state justice system, focusing specifically on juvenile justice, occupational licensing, and incentives. It calls on lawmakers to seek changes in 2018 and reform the state system, actions that would entail adopting an incentive-based funding model for probation where probation departments are funded based on job placement, successful substance abuse treatment, and initiatives aimed specifically at reducing recidivism for youth. Other changes sought focus on programs that remove the ability of state licensing boards to deny, revoke, or suspend occupational licenses due to a criminal history that doesn’t correlate to the license the person holds.