INSIDE:  Florida DOC Secretary says local prisons must change; Michigan licensure mandates costs jobs and revenue; Missouri officials point to jail reform success in St. Louis County
Trending criminal justice news from across the 50 states, presented by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
 Tuesday, Dec. 03, 2019 Edited by Allen Houston

1. In Its First Year, IDOC's One-Stop Reentry Center 'Bridging The Gap' Upon Exit From Prison

IDAHO: From the center's opening in December 2018 until Oct. 31, 196 clients successfully completed the program, meaning that they did not return to prison or jail in the two months after exiting prison, Leigh said.

Nov. 30, 2019 | Idaho Press

2. St. Louis County Officials Believe Jail Reforms Are Working 

MISSOURI: An alarming string of deaths inside St. Louis County's jail led to a slew of changes, and county leaders believe the changes are paying off..
Nov. 30, 2019 | US News and World Report

3. Leader Of L.A.'s Top Homeless Agency Quits After A 'Long Five Years' Rising Public Anger 

CALIFORNIA: In a major change for the team tasked with addressing rising homelessness in the region, Peter Lynn announced Monday that he is stepping down as head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Dec. 2, 2019 | Los Angeles Times

4. Florida Prisons Can't Go On Like This, New Chief Says 

FLORIDA: “The status quo is not sustainable .... We are now at the point that we must pay for the savings garnered in previous years.’’

Dec. 1, 2019 | Tampa Bay Tribune

5. NYPD New Commissioner Takes Charge As Big Challenges Loom 

NEW YORK: Serious challenges are abound for the new leader of the nation's largest police department

Dec. 1, 2019 | Newsday

6. Licensure Mandates Cost Michigan Jobs And Millions In State Revenue

MICHIGAN:  Michigan could put more people to work and add $746.2 million to state and local government treasuries by reforming or eliminating occupational licensure mandates.

Dec. 2, 2019 | Michigan Capitol Confidential

7. Pennsylvania Changed Law Suspending Drier's Licenses, But It Won't Help Thousands Banned From The Road
PENNSYLVANIA: Sirmons is one of an estimated tens of thousands — possibly more — in Pennsylvania who are barred from driving despite never having been convicted of a driving-related offense.

Dec. 1, 2019 | Patriot News

8. Price Of Medical Care For Va. Inmates Now Accounts For One-Fifth Of All Operating Expenses For State Prisons 
VIRGINIA: The price of medical care for Virginia’s 30,000 inmates now accounts for one-fifth of all operating expenses for state prisons and is driven in part by an aging inmate population, a new report says.

Nov. 28, 2019 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

9. How One Woman's Story Depicts Oklahoma's Struggle With Fines, Fees And Costs In The Justice System

OKLAHOMA: A Tulsa County group advocating to reform the entire court collection process believes treating court debt as a civil rather than criminal matter would do more than anything else to prevent Oklahoma from being what many believe is some level of a debtors’ prison system.

Dec. 1, 2019 | Tulsa World

10. With Prison Staff Shortage, Oklahoma Looks To Hire Teenagers As Guards

OKLAHOMA: In a little-noticed action, the Oklahoma Board of Corrections passed a set of legislative requests earlier this month that include allowing prisons to hire corrections officials as young as 18.  Currently the minimum age is 20. 

Dec. 1, 2019 | KGOU

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