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US House Passes 1st Major Prison Reform Measure in 8 Years

US House Passes 1st Major Prison Reform Measure in 8 Years | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
US House Passes 1st Major Prison Reform Measure in 8 Years
 
The rate of imprisonment in the United States is the highest in the world. Many lawmakers and policy experts have called the situati...
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Criminal Justice reform. Probably will stall in Senate.
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Louisiana Survey: Majority support criminal justice reforms, Medicaid expansion

Louisiana Survey: Majority support criminal justice reforms, Medicaid expansion | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
A majority of the people who participated in the 2018 Louisiana Survey think the state is making progress on both criminal justice reform as well as Medicaid expansion, says Michael Henderson, director of the Public Policy Research Lab, which conducted the survey. However, those same people believe there’s still much work to be done. Though criminal justice reform remains popular in Louisiana—61% of participating residents say they approve of the sweeping policy changes made in 2017—just over half the respondents (54%), including a rising number of Democrats and non-white residents, believe the system remains unfair. Most criminal justice reform support comes from Democrats and Independents, according to the fifth installment of the Louisiana Survey, a project of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Republicans, meanwhile, are split almost evenly in their support of criminal justice reform. A similar pattern appears when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid: 69% of respondents say they approve of the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program, with an overwhelming 92% of Democrats and solid 68% of Independents supporting it. Republicans, on the other hand, are evenly divided, with 47% approval and 46% disapproval. Additional survey results include: Support for criminal justice reform may be waning: 64% of respondents, compared to 72% a year ago, backed judicial discretion in sentencing over mandatory minimum sentences. Those saying crime has increased over the last five years (68%) hasn’t changed much from 2017 (65%). 58% of Louisianans favor the death penalty. A proposal to add work requirements and copayments to Medicaid has received a majority of bipartisan support. The Louisiana Survey has been conducted each year since 2003 and was conducted twice in 2006 to measure public opinion in Louisiana. This year’s survey included 852 Louisiana respondents and was conducted via telephone between Jan. 26 and March 3. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. The fourth installment revealed that a majority of Louisianans want a more active state government. The survey’s first installment showed a growing share of Louisianans are pessimistic about the direction the state, and a large majority of respondents believe the state is more politically divided than in the past. The second installment showed Louisianans favor tweaks to state income tax rates over sales tax changes to address the “fiscal cliff.” See the full results of the third installment.
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Several criminal justice reform laws take effect in new year in Illinois - Illinois News Network

Several criminal justice reform laws take effect in new year in Illinois - Illinois News Network | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK New legislation taking effect January 1 will reform how criminal records are expunged in Illinois, as well as allow released inmates to work in more professions in spite of their records. State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, said House Bill 5017 will give juveniles convicted of low-level crimes a chance to get …
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#CriminalJusticeReform #KeyisReEntry #BuildBridgesfromPrison
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MPs call for businesses to be handed tax breaks if they employ former prisoners

MPs call for businesses to be handed tax breaks if they employ former prisoners | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Businesses who employ ex-offenders should be rewarded with tax cuts, a committee of MPs has said.
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This is a good example of using tax breaks in an appropriate manner. We could learn from other nations in the area of Criminal Justice Reform. 
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Federal sentencing and prison reform now bipartisan issues - The Hill (blog)

Federal sentencing and prison reform now bipartisan issues - The Hill (blog) | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Federal sentencing and prison reform now bipartisan issues
The Hill (blog)
This was once GOP orthodoxy: that long and often mandatory prison time was the path to reducing crime and protecting communities.
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Tell your U.S. Senators to Support Criminal Justice Reform and The Redeem Act

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Lawmakers push reforms for drug offenders - Amsterdam News

Lawmakers push reforms for drug offenders - Amsterdam News | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Amsterdam News Lawmakers push reforms for drug offenders Amsterdam News “It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional system, protect their privacy so a youthful mistake can remain a youthful...
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ACUF's Pat Nolan on Criminal Justice Reform

ACU Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform Director Pat Nolan called for criminal justice reform efforts on PBS Newhour.
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Informative Video on Criminal Justice Reform

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Three-Time Felon Now A 'Champion Of Change' - Times Record

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Three-Time Felon Now A 'Champion Of Change'
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Legg, 43, of Sallisaw, is the Cherokee Nation's director of vocational programs, which includes a year-old re-entry program for ex-offenders called “Coming Home.” With Legg's help ...
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This is a great story. Mr. Legg is a great example of how, education, job training, and structural support can make all the difference in an Inmate returning to society. Native American especially have high victimization rates that rival only African American rates of victimization.

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There's No Point in Releasing Prisoners, Ever—Unless We Do This - TakePart

There's No Point in Releasing Prisoners, Ever—Unless We Do This - TakePart | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
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There's No Point in Releasing Prisoners, Ever—Unless We Do This
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“If we have the money to lock people up for decades, we have the money to try to reintegrate them back into society.
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Work and Stable Housing are an integral key to any Reintegration Program. Starting in November 2015, there will be an influx of 46,000 inmates (mostly non-violent drug offenders) being released from Federal Penitentiaries across the nation. There is not the infrastructure in place to handle the growth in prisoners that will be released and Re-Entry programs will be ESSENTIAL to keeping these inmates from returning to prison.

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“Housing First” Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison) - Next City

“Housing First” Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison) - Next City | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
“Housing First” Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison) Next City Although education, employment, and treatment for drug and mental health issues all play a role in successful reintegration, these factors have little hope in the...
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This is a great program. In fact, according to a study done by the McCormick Institute of Public Affairs, nearly a quarter of guests in homeless shelters had been incarcerated within the previous year. Combined with the fact that Clinton Era laws exclude Convicted Felons from gaining access to public housing, some inmates are without the resource of stable housing and are left in precarious situations where they are more likely to reoffend.

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Ohio opens multiservice prison inmate rehabilitation center - Youngstown Vindicator

Ohio opens multiservice prison inmate rehabilitation center - Youngstown Vindicator | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
WOSU Public Media Ohio opens multiservice prison inmate rehabilitation center Youngstown Vindicator Ohio has opened a multi-agency, multiservice facility aimed at helping prison inmates better reintegrate into society, part of a series of state...
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It feels good to see a movement towards different state Departments of Corrections actually doing some correcting...instead of housing...Bring the movement to Louisiana...reduce the recidivism rate....help reintegrate....it'll save tax dollars for more productive things instead of Prison budgets...Louisiana need not lead the world in Incarceration rates!!!!

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Pre-release center for county jail inmates in works - Berkshire Eagle

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Pre-release center for county jail inmates in works
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PITTSFIELD -- Re-entry into the community for inmates at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction could soon become a much smoother process.
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Finally people are starting to realize that if we take the responsibility of locking up offenders, feeding them, housing them, clothing them, and providing for their health care....then it is also our responsibility to help these same individuals to reintegrate back into society by getting them in touch with the resources that will give them a chance to succeed and become a productive member of society. This is cool I like initiative's such as these Re-Entry program. Re-Entry is the new "buzz" word in corrections. Time for Louisiana to join the party.

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Bill puts qualification before conviction in job search - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Bill puts qualification before conviction in job search - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette Bill puts qualification before conviction in job search Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette For former offenders, that question, routinely included in most job applications, can be the source of much anxiety as they...
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Prison reform is possible even in the Trump era (Opinion)

Prison reform is possible even in the Trump era (Opinion) | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Van Jones says he and other advocates of prison reform lost heart when the Trump Justice Department turned against sensible prison reform measures. But he says the influence of Jared Kushner has been positive, and there are signs Congress may fast-track a bill called the Prison Reform and...
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In Louisiana, criminal-justice reform is badly needed - Don’t throw away that key

In Louisiana, criminal-justice reform is badly needed - Don’t throw away that key | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
THE hard thing about criminal-justice reform is that it involves criminals, who do not always behave as they should. Yet there are also costs to ignoring reform, measured in ruined lives, body bags and dollars and cents.
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Reform is necessary for the state with the #1 incarceration rate in the world.
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How to End Mass Incarceration

How to End Mass Incarceration | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
A Brennan Center report argues that releasing the “unnecessarily incarcerated” could reduce U.S. prison populations by almost 40 percent.
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We know what it takes for Criminal Justice Reform & to end Mass Incarceration. The problem is that if we released over 500,000 prisoners, then that means we would have to close prisons, and prison guards might loose jobs and private prison CEO's would loose money. 
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This Private Prisons CEO Is Super Excited About Jailing 'Unique Populations' Under Donald Trump

This Private Prisons CEO Is Super Excited About Jailing 'Unique Populations' Under Donald Trump | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) CEO Damon Hininger said this week that he expects profits to soar under the new president's immigration policy.
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The Prison Industrial Complex at work. 
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Jay Z Champions California's Proposition 47, A Twofold Prison-Education Initiative - Bustle

Jay Z Champions California's Proposition 47, A Twofold Prison-Education Initiative
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That would mean that any inmate currently serving time for any of the crimes recognized as misdemeanors under the statute would be eligible for re-sentencing.
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Build and Support more Schools not Build more Prisons! Kudos to California and Prop 47

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New State Re-Entry Council Takes Aim at Recidivism - Gotham Gazette

Gotham Gazette New State Re-Entry Council Takes Aim at Recidivism Gotham Gazette The New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, announced in July, is tasked with finding "comprehensive and data-driven solutions to alleviate...
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Affordable housing, Job Training, Counseling and Education opportunities, or a program that puts you in touch with organizations that offer educational and GED opportunities. These are the main components of a good Re-Entry program.

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Reintegration - A Chance to Rise Up

Founders and Candidates tell the story of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS). RRS grew out of the community it serves, working to provide youth offender...
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These first hand accounts prove that Reintegration programs with substance can make a difference in whether youth reoffend or not. A 3% recidivism rate for this RSS program is a sign that it is helping keep youth from reoffending.  

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Greensboro Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons With Expungement Process - TWC News

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These is a huge gap btw an inmate being released and the services beGreensboro Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons With Expungement Process
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GREENSBORO — A North Carolina non-profit committed to helping offenders get back on their feet hosted an expungement expo Saturday.

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There is a huge gap between the services inmates need when Reintegrating back into society, and the resources available to provide those services. There is a demand for non-profits such as Transition Network, to educate and inform inmates of the options available to them upon release. 

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CDCR partners with San Francisco Sheriff for new reentry facility ...

CDCR partners with San Francisco Sheriff for new reentry facility ... | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
“We must be innovative in meeting the needs of offenders if we are going to reduce the number of those caught in the cycle of incarceration,” CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard said. ...
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This is a good initiative, but I do not believe 60 days is long enough to help offenders reintegrate back into society.

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Ohio prison growth 'unfathomable' to director - The Newark Advocate

Ohio prison growth 'unfathomable' to director - The Newark Advocate | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
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Ohio prison growth 'unfathomable' to director
The Newark Advocate
A quilt hung on one wall, a gift from the inmates at the state's first reintegration center, joining a framed quote from Robert F.
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From 8,300 Inmates in 1974 to 50,500 Inmates 40 years later...This is a scary increase in Ohio's prison population. This is Mass Incarceration in it's finest form. From 8 Prisons to 28 Prions in 40 years and a Corrections budget that has grown from 67 Million in 1974 to 1.6 Billion in 2014.

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Mentoring program cuts recidivism rates in Kansas prisons by half - Free Speech Radio News

Mentoring program cuts recidivism rates in Kansas prisons by half - Free Speech Radio News | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Free Speech Radio News Mentoring program cuts recidivism rates in Kansas prisons by half Free Speech Radio News Gloria Geither, Mentoring Director for the Kansas Department of Corrections, says lack of family and friends is one of the biggest...
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So many inmates need a support system coming out of prison. This is a great program. I love it....great article. Sometimes the only difference btw some of these criminals and regular citizens is that they got caught. Our nation was built on second chances

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Senate, Assembly approve ex-convict protection bill sponsored by Hudson ... - NJ.com

Senate, Assembly approve ex-convict protection bill sponsored by Hudson ... - NJ.com | Reintegration Bulletin | Scoop.it
Senate, Assembly approve ex-convict protection bill sponsored by Hudson ...
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The "Ban the Box" movement is doing well across the nation. One mistake should not result in a lifetime of economic hardship

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