A New York State pilot program to make naloxone kits available to inmates on their release from prison is a “promising” model for other states seeking to reduce opioid deaths among America’s most vulnerable population, says the Vera Institute of Justice.
Giving former inmates better health care through Medcaid and other coverage can “enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and more efficiently use public resources,” says a new guide from the Urban Institute and the law and consulting firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
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Persistent malfunctions in the electronic tracking devices worn by released Wisconsin inmates are prompting some experts in the state to question whether lifetime GPS monitoring is fair, effective, and worth the cost.
Jared Kushner will co-chair the White House panel with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and domestic policy adviser Andrew Bremberg. The president asked the panel to produce suggestions for reducing crime and recidivism within 90 days.
On an average day in an average year, around 1,700 people are released from federal penitentiaries and state prisons. The odds of successfully reintegrating into civilian life are stacked against most of them, says a California researcher.
A petition drive seeks a statewide vote on automatic voting restoration for those with criminal records. Meanwhile, the state must respond to a court ruling that the system to decide who may vote after a criminal conviction is arbitrary.
Every one-dollar increase in minimum wage decreases recidivism rates by four percent, according to a study of six million state prisoners between 2000 and 2014. The working paper is written by two economists who say their findings support arguments that higher wages in unskilled jobs make former prisoners less likely to look for illegal sources of income.
The director of a nonprofit working with formerly incarcerated women warns the proposed bill is a step backward in the national campaign to end job and educational discrimination against individuals trying to remake their lives after prison.
Florida’s system of barring felons from voting unless they receive executive clemency is unconstitutional, ruled a federal judge. Judge Mark Walker said a clemency board with “unfettered discretion in restoring voting rights” violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.