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Eye On Boise justice reinvestment archive

FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017

Ada County awarded $1M grant for criminal justice reform

The Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population. The grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs designed to enable the reform, the Idaho Statesman reports...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

Rep. Raul Labrador addresses a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law in Boise on Monday, June 6. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR)

Labrador: Momentum building for sentencing reform 

Here’s my full story from By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms that even hit non-violent and first-time offenders. “I...

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

From left, UI law professor Shaakirah Sanders, Congressman Raul Labrador, Wayne Hoffman and Kathy Griesmyer discuss criminal justice reform on Tuesday night in Boise (Betsy Z. Russell)

Labrador on criminal reform: 'The purpose should be justice' 14 

Raul Labrador, 1st District GOP congressman, told a crowd of more than 60 at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center tonight, “I believe that our bloated prison system is not benefiting taxpayers, it’s not benefiting society and it’s not benefiting inmates.” In the second row of the audience, Idaho Corrections Director Kevin Kempf was nodding...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2015

Idaho state Corrections Director Kevin Kempf (Betsy Z. Russell)

Prisons chief: 'We are trending in the right way'

Idaho’s prison system met a key deadline in October to provide new training to all probation and parole staff on how to apply tailored sanctions for violations, better track offenders and make other changes designed to encourage offenders not to re-offend, state prisons chief Kevin...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015

Idaho prisons to revamp treatment programs

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is eliminating one prison treatment program and will be revamping several others after an in-depth assessment showed that some were ineffective and many relied on outdated research. Idaho Department of Correction Director...

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