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November 2011 - Thinking About Corrections

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    Funding Restored for the Second Chance Act

    On Friday, November 18, 2011, President Obama's signing of the “minibus” appropriations bill restored funding for the Second Chance Act in the amount of $63 million. The Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) was first signed into law in April, 2008 and was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. The legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment...
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    NIC Review Leads to Changes in State Prison System

    In a release on Oct. 25th to the South Dakota Department of Corrections Commission, the state announced plans to adopt all 15 of the recommendations made from a National Institute of Corrections (NIC) review of the state penitentiary. This review was the result of an investigation into the homicide of Senior Correctional Officer Ronald “RJ” Johnson during a escape attempt by two inmates from the penitentiary in April, 2011. The NIC report was produced after conducting staff interviews...
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