How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

COMMENTARY | The Urban Institute examines the progress of Denver's permanent supportive housing program, which is paid for through a social impact bond.

Death Penalty Opponents Gain Unlikely Allies: Republicans

GOP lawmakers in at least eight states join fight against capital punishment.

Is It Cruel and Unusual to Execute a Man With Dementia?

ANALYSIS | Vernon Madison has no memory of murdering a police officer.

Reworking Probation as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

As states reduce prison sentences and try to limit the number of people incarcerated, governors say they also must drill down into the next steps needed to help people remake their lives.

Teachers Union Raises Red Flags Over Pension Investments in Private Prisons

The American Federation of Teachers characterizes the corrections sector as problematic territory for retirement funds.

Counting Prison Inmates Differently Could Shift Political Power to Cities

Most states count prisoners as residents of the places where they are incarcerated. But some are shifting to counting them as parts of their home communities.

Jails May Not Be Able to Hold Juveniles Pretrial Much Longer

Local governments would have three years to find space for youths elsewhere, space a recent UCLA Law School report argues already exists.

Restoring Humanity: Changing the Way We Talk About People Touched by the Criminal Justice System

COMMENTARY | When we refer to people who are, or have been, in contact with the criminal justice system as “felons,” “offenders,” “inmates,” or “convicts,” we define them by the worst act of their lives.

Campaign to Automatically Expunge Criminal Convictions Targets States

“This is the epitome of the failed big government system, the criminal justice system,” said the senior vice president of Koch Industries, an advocate in the fight to expunge and seal criminal records.

1 in 55 U.S. Adults Is on Probation or Parole

Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration

Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hep C Treatment

Although antiviral drugs treating hepatitis C have become cheaper, some states deny them to prisoners and Medicaid recipients. But court rulings and settlements are starting to require coverage.

Forecasting How Policy Changes Could Affect Prison Populations

A new online tool offers a look at how choices by states could raise or lower the number of people behind bars.

California Just Replaced Cash Bail With Algorithms

Starting in October 2019, an algorithm will grade pretrial defendants to guide whether they should be released before trial.

What Government Can Do to Ensure Pretrial Detainees Can Vote

Election education and access to polls or polling materials are key, says the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.

Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry

Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.

Jails Play Key Role in Advancing County Health and Safety Goals

But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions

Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases

Americans Want Jails That Treat First, Punish Second

Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”

Rule Change Would Help Low-Level Offenders in Atlanta

Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.

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