prison reform

July 16, 2014

More states showing support for alternatives to detention

A recent NPR article highlights the growing push, even amongst initially resistant states, for alternatives to detention. The piece focuses primarily on Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country. There, a growing bipartisan group of politicians are encouraging the use of alternative to detention programs like drug […]
June 25, 2014

Report: Reentry helps states in reducing recidivism

 A new report, “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” highlights eight states that have successfully seen reductions in their statewide recidivism rates following an emphasis on reentry initiatives. The report, created by the National Reentry Resource Center, a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, focuses on statewide recidivism […]
May 28, 2014

Report finds reentry programs help to manage corrections costs, reduce recidivism

A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures has found that reentry programs not only help to manage corrections costs, they also can lead to reduced crime and recidivism. The report, “Managing Corrections Costs,” examined budget trends, changes to sentencing and corrections policies, the actions that are being taken […]
April 2, 2014

Colorado DOC director discusses need for reentry programming

A fascinating and lengthy profile of the new Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director, Rick Raemisch, highlights the importance of prison reform, including the need for successful reentry programming. Raemisch, who began the job after the tragic murder of former director Tom Clements by an ex-inmate, has decades of experience […]