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Public opinion on sentencing, corrections policy in America
The Pew Charitable Trusts
As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work with states to improve public safety and control corrections costs, The Pew Charitable Trusts collaborated with two of the nation's leading polling firms, The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, to explore public opinion on sentencing and corrections issues across the country. The firms conducted a national survey of 1,200 likely voters to measure underlying attitudes and support for specific policy changes as well as three state surveys in Georgia, Oregon and Missouri.
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Pretrial release program passes West Virginia Senate
The Associated Press via The Logan Banner
After unanimously passing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's wide-ranging prison reform bill, the West Virginia Senate has passed another bill with similar aims. The bill unanimously passed would authorize counties to create supervised release programs for inmates awaiting trial, with the goal of reducing prison overcrowding. All pretrial releases would be at the discretion of the court.
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Help us plan PBUS's 2013 Mid-Year Meeting
The Professional Bail Agents of the United States 2013 Mid-Year Meeting, July 28-31 in New Orleans, currently is being planned. We want your input. Let us know what topics interest you. Please email your ideas to by tomorrow night, Friday, March 29.
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Prison costs spur Kansas to take new look at probation system
The Kansas City Star
The prison doors keep revolving and the taxpayers of Kansas keep paying. A growing prison population fueled by people on probation and parole being returned to incarceration is forecast to outstrip the number of available beds within a few years. If left unchecked, officials say, the trend will prompt a pair of equally unpalatable options: Build new prisons at enormous cost or allow the courts to release inmates early to avoid overcrowding.
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Day-reporting center would up supervision, electronic monitoring
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Lycoming County, Pa., might soon have one more tool to keep its prison from overflowing: a day-reporting center. A day reporting center could supervise offenders who might otherwise be place in the county prison before and after conviction.
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Texas prisons install cellphone-blocking equipment
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The nation's largest state prison system is turning to electronic weaponry to combat the persistent headache of illegal cellphones smuggled to inmates. Final testing soon begins at the first of two Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons where equipment has been installed to block calls to and from unauthorized phones. The equipment, known as a managed access system, also diverts text messages, emails and Internet log-in attempts from contraband phones.
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Prison overcrowding bill advances in West Virginia Senate
The Charleston Gazette
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposals to reduce prison overcrowding has advanced to passage stage in the Senate after the Senate approved amendments making minor changes to the bill. One change in S.B. 371 clarifies that pre-trial risk assessments and risks and needs assessments be conducted prior to inmates' release on probation or parole, are confidential.
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Anderson County judges slam director of jail alternatives
Knoxville News Sentinel
Anderson County, Tenn., judges fired off a scathing response to a resignation letter recently sent by a county employee in charge of alternatives to jail in which he accused members of the judiciary of not supporting his efforts. The letter, signed by Circuit Court Judge Don Elledge and General Sessions Judges Don Layton and Ron Murch, takes Mike Baker to task on several levels for his assertions. The judges labeled Baker's public and written comments as a "continued assault on the judiciary" that has "misrepresented the situation to [County] Commission and the public."
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