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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Kicks Off in PA

A bipartisan task force to reform Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system convened for the first time earlier this month. Over the next year, the group will meet monthly to examine how to improve youth outcomes.

Louisiana Reform Savings Go to Essential Programs

Two years after enacting landmark criminal justice reforms, tens of millions in savings are being reinvested in victims’ services and efforts to reduce recidivism. Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms helped reduce the prison population by 9 percent and the community-supervised population by 12 percent. Now, the Ford Foundation tells the story of the people who made it happen



From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Michigan Leaders Propose Jail, Pretrial Solutions

A task force charged with proposing policies to reform Michigan’s jail and pretrial system and expand incarceration alternatives has shared its final report to the legislature. The Detroit Free Press has the full story.


How State Leaders Improve Public Safety

Juvenile justice agency leaders in Kansas, South Dakota, and Hawaii draw on a growing body of research showing that costly, extended youth out-of-home placements often fail to see better outcomes than alternative approaches.


Congress Can Take A Second ‘Step’ with Focus on Supervision Reform

The First Step Act emerged from Congress one year ago with strong support from Democrats and Republicans, and authorized the most significant criminal justice changes at the federal level in years. Most notably, the law eased some mandatory minimum sentences, made retroactive earlier reforms intended to reduce disparities in drug sentencing, and allowed people to earn “good time” off their sentences in the manner that lawmakers had originally intended.

Now Congress has a chance to follow up on that bipartisan milestone by strengthening community supervision, another component of the federal correctional system contributing to prison populations and costs without commensurate public safety benefit. Just as many of the federal prison reforms reflected those enacted by states, federal supervision can borrow from state playbooks to adopt policies that have shown success.

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