COMMENTARY | When we refer to people who are, or have been, in contact with the criminal justice system as “felons,” “offenders,” “inmates,” or “convicts,” we define them by the worst act of their lives.
“This is the epitome of the failed big government system, the criminal justice system,” said the senior vice president of Koch Industries, an advocate in the fight to expunge and seal criminal records.
Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration
Although antiviral drugs treating hepatitis C have become cheaper, some states deny them to prisoners and Medicaid recipients. But court rulings and settlements are starting to require coverage.
A new online tool offers a look at how choices by states could raise or lower the number of people behind bars.
Starting in October 2019, an algorithm will grade pretrial defendants to guide whether they should be released before trial.
Election education and access to polls or polling materials are key, says the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress.
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Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.
Nationwide, a quarter of heroin addicts pass through the corrections system each year. But fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails offer access to FDA-approved medication used in treatment.
But with short stays and high turnover, continuity of care after release is crucial.
Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases
Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”
Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.
More than two-thirds of states cut crime and imprisonment from 2008-16
Detailed spending data helps track trends and evaluate cost-effectiveness
The share of the population living with a felony conviction has gone up sharply in Georgia and Florida, while West Virginia and New Hampshire still have relatively low rates.
Why such a discrepancy, and what does it indicate?
Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.
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