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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 ...
Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate. make your way to the auditorium of terre haute north vigo high school. that's where "r-j-s" justice services -- will host its first public forum on the jail. the firm ...
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 ...


 

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