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Public Safety Summit Draws Officials From 50 States

Pennsylvania corrections chief John Wetzel launched the two-day Washington meeting with an appeal to legislators, corrections administrators, police chiefs and health officials to work together on evidence-based solutions. Another speaker said the White House would back unspecified reforms.

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A Call For A New ‘Public Agenda’ on Criminal Justice

Marking the 50th anniversary of a wide-ranging report of a commission named by President Lyndon B. Johnson, some experts call for a 21st-century repeat, focusing on police, prosecutors, and mass incarceration. But some speakers at a Washington symposium worried the new administration’s “tough on crime” approach could limit its impact.

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Federal Sentencing Reform Alive, Senators Insist

Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) tell a conference sponsored by the conservative Charles Koch Institute that they are campaigning hard to pass an overhaul of federal sentencing laws. The Charles Koch Foundation released a four-volume report on “Reforming Criminal Justice” that is aimed at being accessible to policymakers and to the public.

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Governors Face Up to Criminal Justice Reform

The DOJ’s “Face to Face” program launched Monday will bring governors and other top state officials together with inmates and corrections officers. The program, organized by the Council of State Governments Justice Center is aimed at encouraging criminal justice policy makers to talk directly to those affected by their actions.

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Inmates Book Club in DC Wins One of 4 ‘Outstanding Justice’ Awards

The Free Minds Book Club, which offers book discussions and writing workshops to current and former jail and prison inmates, was one of four programs honored this year by the National Criminal Justice Association as innovative programs worth repeating elsewhere. Other awards went to programs in Minnesota, Georgia and Los Angeles. In DC, only five percent of ex-inmates in the book club program reoffended.

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