INSIDE:  Nebraska police union calls for more prison beds; Wyoming funding woes threaten criminal justice reform; Massachusetts jail first to serve as a licensed methadone treatment provider
Trending criminal justice news from across the 50 states, presented by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
 Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 Edited by Allen Houston

1. As Nebraska Prison Overcrowding Hits Record, Omaha Police Union Calls For More Beds 
NEBRASKA: Nebraska has set another record for prison overcrowding, and the state corrections director says only 150 more inmates could be safely handled at his facilities..

Nov. 11, 2019 | Omaha World-Herald

2. Funding Threatens Criminal Justice Reform In Wyoming

WYOMING: Lawmakers put the programs into law last legislative session, which marked a significant victory for reform advocates who have suffered years of defeat in the Capitol. Proponents of the measure were armed with data showing that more than half the people entering Wyoming’s crowded prisons had failed the conditions of probation or parole, as opposed to committing new crimes..
Nov. 11, 2019 |

3. Mass. Has The First Jail In the Country That's Also A Licensed Methadone Treatment Provider  

MASSACHUSETTS: Methadone and Suboxone ease opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Forty-four of the estimated 200 people incarcerated at the Frankin County facility receive addiction medications on this day.
Nov. 12, 2019 | WBUR

4. How Fear, Politics Forged Georgia's Punitive Juvenile Laws

GEORGIA: The origin story of Georgia’s modern juvenile justice system shows how electoral politics and inflamed public passions converged to create the nation’s harshest laws governing young offenders.

5. Sheriff Says 'Solider On' Program Successfully Lowered Recidivism Rates in Veterans

NEW YORK: Sheriff Apple says typical recidivism rates at the jail are around 40 percent. But for Soldier On participants, it’s now down to around seven percent.

Nov. 11, 2019 | News10

6. Progressive Lawyer Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race

CALIFORNIA: Chesa Boudin, the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler, has won San Francisco's tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system.

Nov. 10, 2019 |Associated Press

7. Longtime Judge, Veteran And Former Director Of SC Prisons Dies, Officials Say

SOUTH CAROLINA: The 74-year-old was a veteran, an attorney, and a judge before serving as the the director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and later the Department of Corrections.
Nov. 8, 2019 | The State

8. Mich. Inmates Learn Coding Through Google Partnership

MICHIGAN: “It’s our responsibility to work with partners, to work with institutions to use every tool at our disposal to ensure we are maximizing the potential for every person in the state of Michigan,” Gov. Gilchrist said. “This program is a clear articulation of that standard.”
Nov. 11, 2019 |
Nov. 6, 2019 | Chicago Tribune
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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