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Our state is turning a moral corner. For decades, we have lived with a costly, ineffective, and systemically racist criminal justice system. It has stubbornly continued the tactics of the “War on Drugs.” It has drained resources from our budgets every year, funding that could otherwise have gone to increasing ...
Los Angeles County has been able to provide services and prevention efforts to more than 150,000 residents who have serious mental health needs or are at risk using funds from California's special tax for mental health services. Providing those services lowered homelessness, the need for psychiatric ...

Advocates for the criminal justice overhaul said they didn't think the legislation should be delayed another year because it means more people would be stuck on parole indefinitely because they can't pay the large fines and fees. That puts them at higher risk of going back to prison. The governor's office ...
But Nashville attorney Kyle Mothershead, who co-chairs NOAH's criminal justice task force, pushed back after the event, saying some of the candidates — whom he would not name — backed a stance that would keep poor suspects in jail simply because they could not afford to post bail. Mothershead did ...
Legislation heralded by opponents as a stalking horse to roll back a key piece of last year's criminal justice overhaul was held Wednesday as the governor's office and prosecutors negotiated. But the talks have stalled over returning the three-year probation period to five years, which is where it stood before ...
Beacon Hill lawmakers have passed a major reform bill that addresses racial disparities in the criminal justice system by repealing some mandatory minimum sentences on non-violent drug charges, reducing or waiving legal fees for low-income offenders, and lowering the number of years that criminal ...

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to make it easier for judges to set cash bail for criminal defendants, a move activists say would significantly roll back last year's criminal justice overhaul, which has been lauded as a national model of reform. In his Restoring Judicial Discretion in Bail Setting Act, Assemblyman ...
Chanting “no roll back,” several hundred people marched Tuesday on the State Capitol in opposition to legislation they say would significantly undermine the sweeping criminal justice overhaul passed 10 months ago. They are hoping to defeat House Bill 195, which is scheduled for debate and a vote in ...
While Florida has been in the media spotlight for retrograde gun policies, lawmakers just moved toward enlightenment in the shadowy annals of the criminal-justice system, by passing landmark legislation that could dramatically expand public access to court and incarceration data in the state with the third ...
Criminal justice data in this country is hard to come by. It can be messy and difficult to understand. And in many cases, the data doesn't exist at all. How many people are in jail? For what crimes? For how long? Are people in jail mostly awaiting trial? Are they there for being unable to pay bail of $500 or less ...
Plans are already in place for Indianapolis' new criminal justice center to be run by the Marion County sheriff's department—not a private company—when it eventually opens. And a key member of the Indianapolis City-County Council wants to make assurances that it stays that way. Council Vice President ...
MONTPELIER — In addition to protecting the general population, incarceration is meant to serve as a punishment to criminals in order to discourage the commitment of further crimes. However, recidivism is high for those who enter the prison system. 67.8 percent of the 404,638 state prisoners released in ...
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In a phone call from a state prison in Chester, Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill said he can be a catalyst for criminal justice changes across Pennsylvania. “I think it's about time Pennsylvania had some light shined on the system,” Mill, 30, told an audience gathered Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania.
The meeting was unique in that it quickly revealed to community members what local civic leaders and officials have already learned about Krasner: He is making good on his promise to revolutionize the job of district attorney and, in the process, offering an extraordinary experiment in criminal justice reform ...
Wisconsin's prison system is heading toward disaster. It is a brakeless 18-wheeler speeding down a hill. This is a crisis that goes beyond political partisanship. According to a public opinion poll conducted last year, 91% of Americans say that the criminal justice system has problems that need fixing.
That's what makes a new criminal justice reform bill now making its way to Florida governor Rick Scott's desk especially noteworthy. On Friday, the Florida Legislature approved a bill, introduced by Republican state representative Chris Sprowls, that requires every entity within the state's criminal justice ...

“We probably should not be following China's lead when it comes to criminal justice,” Johnson said. “I'm a supporter of the death penalty, but only when in those type of instance where we absolutely are 100 percent certain that the person is 100 percent guilty.” “I'm not sure it'd be applicable to drug offenses ...
Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform, also will talk about his personal experience with the criminal justice system. He was prosecuted for a campaign contribution he accepted that was part of an FBI sting operation. He pleaded guilty to one ...
Forman's life has been colored by his focus on the criminal justice system since the 1990s, when he worked as a public defender in Washington, D.C., for six years. His experience as a public defender came after he clerked for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and ...
An inmate sits in a minimum security cell at the Benton County Jail in this file photo from November. An assessment of the criminal justice system in Benton County will be launched with a community meeting Feb. 20. AMANDA LOMAN, MID-VALLEY MEDIA file · Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save.
OKALHOMA CITY – A key piece of several criminal justice reform measures making their way through the legislative process passed off the House floor today. House Bill 2281, by state Rep. Terry O'Donnell, would adjust penalties for 21 low-level property offenses, including larceny, forgery and other ...
Senate Judiciary Committee members grappled Thursday with the best strategy to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, since the leading bill has broad bipartisan support but the White House apparently backs only one part of it. Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa set a markup next week for a ...
OCC offers first completely online degree in criminal justice. Oakland Community College has established its first degree program that can be obtained completely online. FILE PHOTO. By Anne Runkle, The Oakland Press. Posted: 02/08/18, 5:10 PM EST | Updated: 7 hrs ago. # Comments. Oakland Community College is ...
Widow of Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Faces New Fight. By Diana Zoga. Published at 6:29 PM CST on Feb 7, 2018 | Updated at 6:33 PM CST on Feb 7, 2018 ...
Sessions has long established himself as a hard-liner on criminal justice issues: As Alabama's attorney general, he proposed a crime bill that would have made the death penalty mandatory for a second conviction for drug trafficking. As the U.S. attorney general, he's billed his new policies as a rejection of ...
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed joined city leaders Tuesday to announce legislation to eliminate criminal justice fees such as ... The City of San Francisco is looking to eliminate criminal justice fees ranging from probation fees to electronic monitoring fees and booking fees.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will be in the Port City to discuss several topics during an event Monday night. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. According to a news release from Stein's office, the state's attorney general will attend the LINC Milestones Dinner at the Embassy Suites in downtown ...
Through the institute, ECC criminal justice students will work as part of a team to bring resolution to unsolved criminal cases, beginning with the case of Ryan Singleton. The 24-year-old model and aspiring actor from Georgia was found dead near Death Valley in California in September 2013; two months ...
Every politician wants to be tough on crime, especially in an election year. Certainly no legislator ever got defeated for voting to increase penalties for criminals. It's understandable. Citizens fear getting robbed, assaulted or even killed. They like the idea of locking up dangerous criminals for as long as ...
When a significant negative outcome, or "sentinel event," happens in the criminal-justice system, it is rarely the result of a single actor or mistake. Rather, many small misjudgments, oversights and other errors compound to create a context in which a death in custody, a wounded police officer, a failure to ...
The state's conservative leadership decided to go a different route by making reforms to the criminal justice system and decreasing the number of people the state sent to prison. The reforms worked: 10 years later, overall crime rates have remained low and the state is slated to close its eighth prison in six ...
Trayvon Martin would have been 23 years old today. Nearly six years after his killing—and years after the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and so many others—criminal justice continues to mean different things if you're black or if you're white.
Prospective students can learn more about upcoming criminal justice and public administration degree programs offered through Blinn College and Tarleton State University at The Texas A&M University System's RELLIS Campus during a series of events beginning next week on the Blinn College-Bryan ...
And in the decades prior, he advocated for more punitive criminal-justice system. In 1989, he took out full-page ads calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted as teenagers for a brutal attack on a jogger in Manhattan. In 2002, the courts exonerated the men using ...
Advocacy around criminal justice reform in recent years has been increasingly fierce and successful. According to the latest government data, in 2016, the number of prisoners in state and federal correctional facilities fell for the third consecutive year. A movement to end or drastically curtail cash bail, and ...
They are ready for criminal justice reform. Earlier this month, Albuquerque indicated by a wide margin in the mayoral race that the city is ready ...
THE RECENT EXCELLENT articles in The Pilot concerning youth crime show how radically broken our criminal justice system is — based as it ...
Across the country, minor pot infractions disproportionately affect people of color. Newly enacted legislation in the Golden State is working to ...
The clash between Willoughby and Hayes is representative of some of the moral questions at the heart of the debate on criminal justice reform.
But that doesn't make them any less important to the criminal justice system. They are the victim services officers of Madison County. They are ...
Over the years, mostly in the 1990s, Siegel reported what he considered to be an informal series on different phases of the criminal justice ...
Bastrop County is set to buy a parcel of land in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park for $100,000 that could be the site of a new criminal ...
Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on measures ranging from criminal justice changes to overrides of Gov. Charlie ...
Jay-Z agrees and wrote that what happened to Meek Mill is the result of a criminal justice system that, “entraps and harasses hundreds of ...
Now that they are, they and others at the symposium spoke out about changes they said should he made in the criminal justice system and ...
As is the case of many other states, Louisiana spends extravagantly on criminal justice. In fact, we currently imprison more people per capita ...
A leading advocate for criminal justice reform who also is considered one of the most influential black Americans will visit the UO to discuss ...
The case comes amid bipartisan movements nationally to re-examine how juveniles are treated in the criminal justice system.
Meek's case, he wrote, "is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people ...


 

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