This week in the news: As the WHO declares the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, many are asking what measures are being taken to protect the health and welfare of justice-involved and incarcerated populations as well as staff, correctional officers, public defenders, and others working in the justice system, and more.
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This week in the news: Missouri’s new Supreme Court chief justice says our public defender system needs to be sufficiently funded and staffed for the system to work; bail reform in New York; a look at problem-solving and veterans treatment courts; and more.
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This week in the news: Art programs, JPMorgan, and Michigan all offer second chances, voting restoration wins in both Florida and Minnesota, how Kim Foxx has changed prosecutions in Cook County, and more.
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The upcoming presidential election, the 25th anniversary of the federal 1994 crime bill, and the enactment of the First Step Act, have rekindled the national debate on the urgent need for criminal justice reform at the federal level.
But much of the work to reform the criminal justice system is happening at the state and local level. State prisons house 1.3 million of the 2.3 million people confined nationwide (88% at the state level and 12% at the federal level); and that population is disproportionately people of color. However, state courts are finding that the mass incarceration model is expensive and does little to enhance public safety or reduce crime.
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This week in news: Read about the need to focus on women when considering criminal justice reform and the benefits of expunging records for those who have served their time, hear from JPO Director Ball on treatment courts, find out about Ohio’s new sentencing proposals for drug possession, and more.
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