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November 2014 - NIC News & Updates

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    Infographic: Most States Cut Imprisonment and Crime

    The PEW Charitable Trusts recently released an infographic comparing changes in the imprisonment rate and crime rate by state over the last five years. As the data shows, although the relationship between incarceration and crime is complex, states can reduce both at the same time. Highlighted statistics: In the 33 states where imprisonment rates decreased, crime rates fell an average of 13% In the 17 states where imprisonment rates increased, crime rates fell an average of 11%   Full article...
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    In the News: Stop Putting Women in Jail

    A recent article published in The Washington Post discusses the movement in Britain to close women’s prisons and applies that rationale to women’s incarceration in the United States. We should stop putting women in jail. For anything highlights the current state of women’s incarceration and possible alternatives through community interventions. From the article: Women’s incarceration has risen by 646 percent in the past 30 years. The majority are nonviolent offenders with poor education, little employment...
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    In the News: Improvements at Tutwiler Prison for Women

    A recent article published in AL.com, an Alabama online news service, outlines how Alabama prison officials and a national consulting firm, the Moss Group, are making significant improvements at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. 6 months into consultants' work at Tutwiler prison: What's finished? What else is planned? highlights accomplishments over the last six months at the prison and what is expected to occur over the next year. Example projects completed, in progress and upcoming:...
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    New from NIC: Fundamentals of Bail

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has partnered with Tim Schnacke from the Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices to produce a new publication titled, Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform , part of a series of papers dealing with acute criminal pretrial issues. This paper, which summarizes (1) why America needs pretrial justice, (2) the history of bail, (3) the legal foundations of the pretrial phase of a criminal...
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    New from NIC: Money as a Criminal Justice Stakeholder

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has partnered with Tim Schnacke from the Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices to produce a new publication titled, Money as a Criminal Justice Stakeholder: The Judge’s Decision to Release or Detain a Defendant Pretrial , part of a series of papers dealing with acute criminal pretrial issues. This paper provides an in-depth discussion of arguably the most important part of the criminal pretrial process – the judge’s release or detain decision –...
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    In the News: Washington State’s Gender Responsive Approach

    A recent article published in The Seattle Times outlines the steps Washington State has been taking to adapt to the needs of a larger women’s prison population.  Women behind bars: State takes a new approach highlights how the Washington State prison system has embraced a decade-long University of Cincinnati study into every aspect of female felons’ lives to create a “Gender Responsiveness Action Plan.” Under the Gender Responsiveness Action Plan: Female offenders can attend seminars focusing...
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