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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DOJ Budget Aims at Opioids, Immigration, Cybersecurity

Under the budget sent by the White House to Congress Monday, the Justice Department will be hit with a small decrease. But it would still fare better than many other federal agencies, which could lose more than 10 percent. One agency targeted for the chopping block: the Community Oriented Policing Services program (COPS).

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DOJ Backs Down on Justice Reinvestment

The Justice Department had announced a new direction for the justice reinvestment program that encourages states to cut prison populations. The proposal has been withdrawn after advocates of reinvestment sought support from key members of Congress.

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Criminal Justice Research Expands in NIJ’s 50th Year

David Muhlhausen, director of the Justice Department’s research agency, predicted at a Washington, D.C., meeting that research will play “an ever more important role in how the criminal justice field operates.” The National Institute of Justice gave $221 million in grants last year.

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Why America’s Prisons Need ‘Systemic Change’

On the 10th anniversary of the Second Chance Act, veteran corrections administrator and researcher Stefan LoBuglio says attitudes towards prisoner reentry have undergone a “sea change” since the 1990s. But in an extended chat with TCR, he warns of a retrenchment in programming that threatens the overall functioning of the U.S. corrections system.