INSIDE:  New York law enforcement groups battle pending reforms; Montana diversion program shows positive results; California juvenile halls hold many youth accused of low-level offenses
Trending criminal justice news from across the 50 states, presented by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
 Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 Edited by Allen Houston

1. Statewide Push Targets Pending Criminal Justice Reforms

NEW YORK: Law enforcement officials and prosecutors across the state held eight simultaneous news conferences Thursday to raise concerns about problems with impending criminal justice reforms.

Nov. 21, 2019 The Times Union

2. How A Small County Jail Runs A Large-Scale Addiction Program For Inmates

WASHINGTON: They are doing something different inside the Benton County Jail. Inmates here line up to take a crushed pill that could break a cycle of drug addiction and may prevent them from returning to jail over and over again.
Nov. 22, 2019 | KOMONews

3. Data: Those Diverted From Jail Show Up For Court, Remain Law-abiding While Awaiting Trial

MONTANA: While out of jail pending trial, the vast majority of people who were diverted from county detention facilities under a pilot program have made all their court appointments and remained law-abiding, according to preliminary statistics.
Nov. 20, 2019 | The Missoulian

4. California's Juvenile Halls Are Supposed To Hold Just The Worst Young Offenders. The Truth Is A Different Story

CALIFORNIA: A San Francisco Chronicle investigation shows nearly a third of kids in custody are there for low-level offenses.

Nov. 21, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle

5. Judge Approves Plan To Reform Harris County's Jail Bail System

TEXAS: A federal judge has approved a plan aimed at reforming Harris County’s bail system, which had been declared unconstitutional.

Nov. 21, 2019 | KPRC2

6. Miami-Dade Uproots Sex Offender Camp Yet Again. Does Harsh Law Really Make Public Safer?

FLORIDA:  A 2015 study of adult sexual offender management by the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that despite broad public support, residency restrictions may do more harm than good.

Nov. 21, 2019 | Miami Herald

7. Opinion: Why Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People Is Good For Business And Community
TENNESSEE: Places like Johns Hopkins Medical Center and Butterball Farms have hired the formerly incarcerated for decades. Communities have felt the benefits.

Nov. 22, 2019 | The Tennessean



8. Philly D.A. Names Office's First Ever Artist-In-Residence In James Hough

PENNSYLVANIA: As the District Attorney’s artist-in-residence, Hough intends to spend time shadowing prosecutors and talking to crime victims whenever possible. Those interviews will inform video projects he will show publicly/
Nov. 21, 2019 | The Philadelphia 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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