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Q & A: The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Crimes and Courts News - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:25

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, which is set to expire in September, should be reauthorized so that it can continue to provide support for families and communities. The following questions and answers provide background on this critical, cost-saving program.

Governors to Discuss Public Safety, Health Care, and Job Creation at Winter Meeting

Public Safety - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 08:35
Governors from across the nation will convene in Washington, Feb. 21-24, in hopes of finding solutions to the tough economic problems confronting their states.

Improving Public Safety and Containing Corrections Costs in Mississippi

Public Safety - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 13:25
Mississippi has one of the nation’s highest and fastest-growing imprisonment rates, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Despite this spending, a nearly a third of all nonviolent offenders released from prison return within three years. Absent systemic reform, this poor return on state taxpayers’ investment will decline: Mississippi’s prison population and corrections costs are projected to continue to grow in the next decade.

Georgia’s 2013 Juvenile Justice Reform

Public Safety - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:10
Following a criminal justice overhaul in 2012, Georgia enacted House Bill 242 in 2013, which included wide-ranging reforms to its juvenile justice system based on recommendations from the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians. The council’s provisions of the bill will save an estimated $85 million over five years and reduce recidivism.

Pew: Prison Health Care Spending Up Sharply in States

Public Safety - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:45
WASHINGTON—State spending on prisoner health care soared as the U.S. prison population approached its peak in 2008, according to a new report from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Managing Prison Health Care Spending

Public Safety - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:45
This report examines state spending on inmate health care and the factors driving costs higher. It also reviews strategies that some states have used to control these expenses while maintaining or improving the quality of care that prisoners receive and protecting public safety.

Dental Therapists in New Zealand: What the Evidence Shows

Crimes and Courts News - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 23:20
This brief provides an overview of New Zealand’s use of dental therapists to provide care for children, and offers insights for U.S. policymakers about how midlevel providers can expand children’s access to dental care, prevent and treat tooth decay, and improve public health.

Michigan Creates Data-Driven Standards for Home Visiting

Crimes and Courts News - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:15

On August 1, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a measure that ensures that the state’s investment in home visiting goes to proven, effective programs. The act, which was approved unanimously in the senate and by a bipartisan majority

Prison Time Served and Recidivism

Public Safety - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:15

Taking a closer look at the relationship between the length of prison terms and recidivism.

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