Judges Call for More Court Action on Opioid Crisis

State courts are the nation’s top referral source for addiction treatment. “It is crucial that judges are involved in reversing this epidemic,” says Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, co-chair of a national task force.

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A Prisoner Re-Entry Plea from Ex-Lifers

Two men who were released from life prison terms in California and Louisiana told criminologists that many like them have changed over the decades and deserve to be freed, saving tax money and adding to the productive work force.

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Trump’s New Policing Panel Gets Mixed Reviews

A new study panel on crime and justice announced by President Donald Trump on October 28 will not have as broad a mandate as one named by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s, and apparently will not include officials outside of federal, state and local governments.


White House Pledges Hard Work on First Step Act

The pledge was made Thursday by Ja’Ron Smith of the White House’s Office of American Innovation at the inaugural “leadership summit” of the Council on Criminal Justice, a new national organization devoted to studying problems in the criminal justice system.

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How Many of 10.5M U.S. Arrests are Unnecessary?

Because most arrests are not for serious crimes but for offenses like drug possession, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, many cases could be handled effectively by other means, and thus not contribute to the nation’s mass incarceration, says a report from the Vera Institute of Justice.