INSIDE:  Ohio program will help expedite pardons; Delware prison health care review findings released; California county gains 500 mental health care beds
Trending criminal justice news from across the 50 states, presented by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
 Friday, Dec. 05, 2019 Edited by Allen Houston

1. Ohio gov. DeWine Announces Program To Expedite Pardons For Some Former Criminals

OHIO: The Expedited Pardon Project will allow some convicted criminals to submit a pardon application through the program if that person has demonstrated good behavior, DeWine said during a Tuesday news conference.

Dec. 3, 2019 | The Morning Journal

2. Findings Of Delaware Prison Health Care Review Released

Delaware: The health system’s final 16-page report describes Delaware’s correctional health care system as “siloed,” and points to a persistently high turnover rate with numerous vacancies among its providers.
Dec. 6, 2019 |

3. Officials Uncertain Where Juveniles Will Be Sent After Louisville's Youth Detention Center Closes 

KENTUCKY: With just four weeks left until the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center is set to close, the city has still not finalized an agreement with the state on what will happen to juveniles currently being detained or those who are arrested after New Year's Day.
Dec. 4, 2019 | WLKY CBS

4. Proposal Would Require Screening AL N.J. Prisoners For Hepatitis B And C

NEW JERSEY: Under the proposed legislation, which is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee, all prisons and jails in the state would have to offer to screen everyone for the virus, unless someone opted out.


5. Opinion: We Need To Open More Prison Doors, And Do More To Help Those Who Step Out 

NEW Jersey: Though New Jersey has made progress in criminal justice reform, much more must be done

Dec. 5, 2019 |

6. LA County To Gain 500 New Critically Needed Mental Health Care Beds

CALIFORNIA:  “For far too long, the number of mental health beds in this county and across the state have dwindled,” the motion’s author, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, said.

Dec. 5, 2019 |

7. Trump Fired Him. Now California Has Made Him A Homeless Advisor
CALIFORNIA: “Having led the Council on Homelessness under both Republican and Democratic presidents, I have seen firsthand that cities and states acting alone are not going to be able to fund the solutions that are required to meet this challenge,” Mr. Doherty said in a statement released by the governor’s office. 

Dec. 4, 2019 | New York Times

8. Governor Cuomo Backs Chances To Criminal Justice System
NEW YORK: One of the new laws is an overhaul to the state's bail system. It eliminates cash bail, and supporters said it allows more people remain free instead of sitting in a jail cell awaiting their court date.

Dec. 4, 2019 | WKBW ABC

9. Oklahoma Governor Opposes Criminal Justice Initiative

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt says he opposes a proposed state question that would restrict prosecutors from using previous felony convictions to enhance sentences in certain criminal cases.

Dec. 4, 2019 | News 4

10. Study Shows Dip In Racial Disparities In Criminal Justice

NATIONAL: A new report from the Council on Criminal Justice shows that racial disparities in the criminal justice system declined between 2000 and 2016, but there remains a gap in white, Hispanic and black populations in prison, parole and on probation. 

Dec. 4, 2019 | AXIOS

State of Justice is a twice-weekly roundup of the latest in criminal justice reporting from the states, curated by the team at the CSG Justice Center.

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