New Jersey Prison Population Down 26 Percent
A new report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice reveals that New Jersey is leading the nation at reducing prison populations.
The report states that New Jersey cut its prison population by 9.5 percent from 2011 to 2014, second only to Mississippi for the highest percentage decrease.
Since 2000, New Jersey has 26 percent fewer prisoners.
New Jersey instituted several reforms that helped reduce state prison populations, such as giving judges discretion to sentence low-level drug criminals below the mandatory minimum punishments and making the parole process more efficient.
Kris Steele Tapped for Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board
Gov. Mary Fallin appointed former Republican speaker of the Oklahoma House, Kris Steele, to serve on the state’s Pardon and Parole Board.
California Inmates Can Reduce Sentence with Certifications
California regulators have given initial approval for new guidelines allowing inmates to reduce their sentences for completing a high school diploma, college degree, work skills certification, or self-help programs.