INSIDE:  Connecticut agency would deal solely with minors in the criminal justice system; Pennsylvania ends solitary confinement for people on death row; Virginia county considers more diversion programs for people with mental illnesses
Trending criminal justice news from across the 50 states, presented by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
 Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2019 Edited by Allen Houston

1. Officials Consider New State Agency To Deal With Minors In Criminal Justice System

CONNECTICUT:  In what would be a seismic shift in how Connecticut deals with children who run afoul of the law, lawmakers and officials spearheading juvenile justice reform will consider the creation of a new state agency solely for minors in the criminal justice system.

Nov. 18, 2019 | Hartford Courant

2. Pennsylvania Department Of Corrections Agrees To Upgrade Inmate's Death Row Conditions

MICHIGAN: The settlement provides people on death row with at least 42 1/2 hours per week out of their cell, as well as daily access to phones and contact visits with their families, lawyers and religious advisers.
Nov. 18, 2019 | WGAL News 8

3. Why Did North Carolina Raise The Age In 2017?

NORTH CAROLINA: With Raise the Age taking effect in less than a month, North Carolina is preparing to receive new 16- and 17-year-old offenders into the juvenile system. .

4. Public Defender's Office Aiming To Address Bexar County's Domestic Violence Crisis With Treatment Over Incarceration

TEXAS:  With domestic violence reaching crisis-levels in Bexar County, Chief Public Defender Michael Young said to break the cycle, the root cause must be addressed. He said that, in many cases, suspects have co-occurring mental health issues.

Nov. 16, 2019 | KENS5

5. Arlington County Considering Jail Diversion Program For People With Mental Illnesses

VIRGINIA: The Department of Human Services is drafting a behavioral health docket that would give people with a diagnosed mental illness the opportunity to receive treatment instead of punishment.

Nov. 16, 2019 | WUSA

6. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady Dies of Heart Attack Aged 66: "Iowa Lost A Hero"

IOWA: According to the Des Moines Register, the court has been colloquially referred to as the Cady court since 2011, in recognition of his leadership and how often he would make deciding votes. Cady's term was due to expire on December 31, 2024.

Nov. 16, 2019 | Newsweek

7. Michigan Jail And Pretrial Incarceration Task Force Prepared To Issue Ideas For Change
MICHIGAN: The task force is considering changes surrounding the areas of arrest and arrest diversion, pre-trial and post-convictions.

Nov. 19, 2019 | WSBT-2

8. Minnesota Dept. Of Corrections To Re-Review Jailhouse Procedures After Beltrami County Jail Death
MINNESOTA: The Corrections Commissioner says his office will take another look at Sherrell’s case and the department’s post-jail death review processes.

Nov. 19, 2019 | Fox9

9. Breaking The Cycle: Fulton's First All-Female Program Works To Address Recidivism
MISSOURI:  Its 120-day program is tailored to female offenders by using gender-responsive and trauma-informed methods that identify root issues of crime.

Nov. 19, 2019 | Columbia Missourian




8. Coming Home: Telling Reentry Stories Through Hip-Hop And Comedy 

PENNSYLVANIA: Each performer used rap, comedy, or storytelling to guide the audience through stories of encouragement, perseverance, hope and a lot of laughter.
Nov. 15, 2019 | WHYY
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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