NYS Criminal Justice Reform News

03/2014: Hampden County, Massachusetts breaks the cycle of incarceration by ensuring that inmates get high-quality health care in and out of jail. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1396

5/2014: Pre-Release and Reentry Services (PRRS), a division of Montgomery County’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, facilitates the transition between incarceration and release. Eligible offenders may serve the final portion of their sentence at PRRS’ residential facility: the Pre-Release Center (PRC). PRC offers controlled access to the community, holistic programming, and case management in order to improve residents’ reintegration into the community upon exiting the criminal justice system. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COR/Resources/Files/PDF/PRRSRecivismAnalysisProjectFinalPaper.pdf

01/02/17: In an effort to break the cycle of incarceration, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and 21 police departments throughout the county have signed onto a national initiative that aims to divert nonviolent offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues from the criminal justice system and connect them with the services they need. http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_30698739/sheriff-greater-lowell-police-work-break-cycle-incarceration#ixzz52W14oFU6

11/13/17: Jefferson County, Colorado is locking up veterans in special jail unit to break the cycle of incarceration; the housing arrangement will make it easier for VA to provide inmates with services. https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/13/jefferson-county-locking-up-veterans-special-jail-unit-break-incarceration-cycle/

10/25/17: Cleveland County, Oklahoma sees drop in detention numbers “The decrease in numbers may not indicate a decrease in crime, but rather appears to be related to the number of adjudicated DOC prisoners being taken to state prisons”.http://www.normantranscript.com/oklahoma/sheriff-jail-counts-are-down/article_72e1b874-ba08-11e7-8ba9-af10c02342e8.html

12/22/17: Cook County Jail, Indiana. The population at the Cook County Jail has fallen below 6,000 inmates, its lowest point in decades, said Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart, said the number has been declining for some time in part because of a drop in arrests, but the biggest change came some three months ago when criminal court judges were ordered to set bail only in amounts that defendants could afford to pay. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-cook-county-jail-under-6000-inmates-20171221-story.html