Week ending July 24, 2016

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July 23: We are finishing out our 2016 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week celebration with a salute to our amazing director, deputy directors, regional supervisors and administrative staff! These hard-working folks keep Adult Probation & Parole on track and moving forward with all the changes that have come with the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

COUNTY JAILS

Deaths in Utah’s county jails support advocates’ zero fatalities goal by Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

“Utah’s county jails have elaborate policies aimed at safeguarding sick or suicidal inmates, but a spate of deaths has fostered concerns about a shaky safety net for those who go behind bars.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

OPINION: Prison reform proponents have it backward by William G. Otis, Deseret News

“President Obama and some in Congress tell us our criminal justice system is “broken” — that we have too many people in prison for too long. They say the way forward lies in reducing the already declining federal inmate population — already at its lowest level in over a decade and still dropping.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Governors Deal, Fallin and Bevin: How we are transforming our states’ justice systems by Nathan Deal (Georgia), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma) and Matt Bevin (Kentucky), Fox News

“President Ronald Reagan once famously said, ‘The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ No one could have seen it at the time, but we now know that, with respect to our justice system, truer words were never spoken.”

Locked Up, Then Locked Out: Removing Barriers to Employment for Persons with Criminal Records, Florida Taxwatch

“Employment is a critical factor in reducing recidivism, and many states have forged policy solutions to address the cyclical relationship between unemployment and crime. To help stop this revolving door in Florida, this TaxWatch report makes recommendations for Florida to improve access to employment opportunities for released ex-offenders; reducing recidivism, driving down future prison populations, and saving taxpayer dollars.”

Ongoing Pa. Justice Department review focuses on high incarceration, recidivism by Katie Meyer, Newsworks.org

“A nonpartisan group reviewing the Pennsylvania Justice System is releasing data on some of the biggest issues it has found — hih rates of incarceration and recidivism.”

Applicants for Montgomery County jobs won’t be asked about felony convictions by Kaitlyn Foti, Montgomery Advertiser

“Montgomery County has ‘banned the box.’ That means those with felony convictions will no longer have to check a box on employment applications with the county. Instead, criminal records will only be available to those reviewing applications after a conditional offer of employment is given. Only then will a background check be issued.”

Local re-entry program shows promise from inmates by Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union Tribune

“People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes, according to new data from the San Diego County probation department.”

Recidivism-reducing programs in Lafayette, Alexandria, Lake Charles, Monroe canceled because of budget cuts by Lanie Lee Cook, The Acadiana Advocate

“State funding for programs designed to help former inmates under state supervision stay out of jail has been cut from four Louisiana cities, including Lafayette, that offer the services as part of a larger round of budget cuts within the state Department of Corrections.”

Eastern State Penitentiary and the Critique of Mass Incarceration by Amy McKeever, Pacific Standard

“A humid afternoon in Philadelphia is an unforgiving time to mill around this prison yard. But here they are, of their own free will. Penned between the thick stone walls and brick towers — ominous battlements that evoke a medieval castle — more than a dozen tourists dressed in shorts and tank tops, capri pants and polos, wander across Eastern State Penitentiary’s baseball diamond with audio packs slung around their necks.”

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