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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...

As groups chafe at pace of criminal justice reform, county administrator points to progress

It’s been a year since Spokane County was awarded a $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce its jail population. And while little has visibly changed since then, Jacqueline van Wormer, the county’s criminal justice administrator, wants people to know reforms are moving forward. In an interview this week, van Wormer responded to criticisms of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council made during last week’s March for Racial Justice, organized by a coalition of black churches and community groups in Spokane.

U.K. to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.

Matt Welch: After Dallas, tribal politics as usual

Our dominant political culture in this country is sick, and we have ourselves to blame. From Ferguson, Mo., to Dallas, too many of us organize our reactions to news events not by fact or principle, but by antipathy to hated political tribes.

Experts: Minor crimes can lead to lifetime of consequences

Being convicted of even some minor crimes can result in a lifetime of collateral consequences, experts say, including trouble finding jobs and housing. At a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law this week, a panel of experts said society needs to address...

Labrador: Momentum building for sentencing reform

Here’s my full story from spokesman.com: 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...

Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform

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, even for non-violent and first-time offenders. “I believe that we’re going to see some of the greatest reforms in a generation,” Labrador told a criminal justice reform conference Monday in Boise.

Judge Winmill: ‘War on Drugs’ an ‘abysmal failure’

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill told a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law in Boise today, “From my observations of 28 years having watched the ‘War on Drugs,’ we have seen nothing but, I think, an abysmal failure.” He said,...

Tribal treaty sinks terminal plans

In denying the permit for Gateway Pacific, the Army Corps determined the project would have had an impact on the tribe's treaty-protected fishing rights.