New Report Covers Criminal Justice Policy Reforms in 46 States in 2014-2015
National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse
Key Update, May 2016
On May 26, 2016, the Vera Institute published Justice in Review: New Trends in Sentencing and Corrections 2014-2015. "In 2014 and 2015, 46 states enacted at least 201 bills, executive orders, and ballot initiatives to reform at least one aspect of their sentencing and corrections systems," the Vera Institute writes.
"[M]ost of the policy changes focused on three areas: creating or expanding opportunities to divert people"-especially individuals who have substance abuse or mental health conditions and/or who are homeless-"away from the criminal justice system; reducing prison populations by enacting sentencing reform, expanding opportunities for early release from prison, and reducing the number of people admitted to prison for violating the terms of their community supervision; and supporting reentry into the community from prison...this report serves as a practical guide for other state and federal policymakers looking to effect similar changes in criminal justice policy."
For more information and to download the free report, click here. Also available for free download is the American Friends Service Committee's Inalienable Rights: Applying international human rights standards to the U.S. criminal justice system. For more information and to download a free copy, click here.