CSG Research & Expertise in the News: Prison Population; Inmate Return; Justice Reinvestment

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 6/26-7/2, 2011

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of June 26-July 2 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

Sentencing-overhaul law to reduce Ohio's prison population
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, June 30, 2011

The tough-on-crime cycle that began in the 19

80s came full circle yesterday when Gov. John Kasich signed criminal-sentencing reform that could reduce the prison population by several thousand inmates in the next three years.

Former Attorney General Jim Petro, who was there to watch Kasich sign House Bill 86 into law, said he was relieved. More...

State to examine inmate return policy
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hawaii is preparing a data-driven look inside the criminal justice system to help determine whether the state can stop sending prisoners to mainland prisons.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in December that he would work quickly to bring back the roughly 1,700 prisoners at private Corrections Corporation of America prisons in Arizona. But the state has signed a new contract with CCA to pay $45.5 million a year to keep prisoners at Saguaro Correctional Center and Red Rock Correctional Center through June 2014. More...

State looks to national groups for prison h

Tulsa World
Monday, June 27, 2011

Oklahoma has joined 14 other states in efforts to revamp how it spends money on public safety.

Last week, legislative leaders and state officials announced that Oklahoma would participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

The state has partnered with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Pew Center on the States and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance to analyze data to determine the effectiveness of public safety and corrections policies. More...

Look at alternative sentencing
KPC News
Monday, June 27, 2007

A panel of state lawmakers, Chief Justice Randall Shepard and others started work on a review of Indiana’s criminal sentencing laws after a plan pushed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to reduce penalties for low-level offenders failed during this year’s legislative session.

We certainly hope the work of the commission will lead to a proposal that results in legislation that not only passes the legislature but makes sense at reducing the strain on our state prisons. More...