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South Dakota governor, chief justice form team to discuss crime reforms, alternative sentencing
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"Justice re-investment" was the slogan South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard used in urging the Legislature to support reforms intended to slow South Dakota's rate of imprisonment. Lawmakers were get further explanation from Chief Justice David Gilbertson, as he takes his turn making the case for reforms that have worked in other states. Gilbertson said he plans to talk about the alternative sentencing proposal and the use of drug courts, alcohol courts and veteran's courts. More

Rhode Island police arrest accused molester for bail violation
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Rhode Island State Police have arrested a Johnston, R.I., man who they say removed his electronic monitoring bracelet and violated the terms of his bail while awaiting trial on a child molestation charge. The Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested 34-year-old Robert Spaulding in Providence on a warrant for a bail violation. More

Georgia sheriffs: Savings for prisons cost counties a bundle
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When Georgia legislators passed a law intended to keep more nonviolent criminals out of prison, they promised millions in savings and called it a financial windfall for the state. County sheriffs call it passing the buck. "The bill was intended to save state dollars on the [state prisons] budget when essentially it pushed a lot of these costs, we fear, to local taxpayers," said Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association. The reform law, which went into effect in July, means that some crimes that were once considered felonies and got offenders stints in state prison may now be misdemeanors, meaning an offender will serve out his time in a county jail. And that means county taxpayers solely will bear the costs. More

Montana program aims to break cycle of recidivism, offer hope for female inmates
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Lisa Hammond won't let her past define her. Her life has included an alcoholic father, an abusive stepfather, several failed marriages, drug addiction and the loss of custody of her three children. In 2005, she was convicted of two felony drug charges after months of recurring jail stints. Hammond, 49, has been out of the correctional system for almost four years and will celebrate six years of sobriety this month. But she's an exception. Almost 40 percent of women released from the Montana Women's Correctional Center will re-offend within three years of their release. Most commit the same crimes that landed them in prison in the first place. More



New law on expunging records helps Michigan's juvenile offenders make a clean start
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More juvenile offenders can now get their criminal records expunged under a bill that received rare unanimous agreement by the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. Offenders will be able to ask that their records be cleared one year after they've completed their sentence and probation, instead of the five years in current rules. But if they committed a crime that would be punishable by life in prison in the adult court system, they aren't eligible to get their record cleared. More

Drug use in Ohio's prisons spiked in 2012
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A state prison might be the last place you would expect to find illegal drug use. But testing done annually in October by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found 3.32 percent of inmates tested positive for drugs. The vast majority used marijuana, but there were positives for opiates, cocaine and alcohol as well. It was the highest rate found by what is known as "saturation" drug testing in state prisons in more than a decade. More

Company touts pancake bullets for law-enforcement shotguns
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Pancakes. They're not just for breakfast anymore. Joe Kolnik, a chemical engineer and the founder of Integrity Ballistics, spent nine years on engineering and design research to develop a new, less-lethal round. Rather than keeping its shape as other rounds do, his bullets flatten like a pancake across the target's body on impact. Dubbed the "Burns 1401," the company says the pancaking effect has the same stopping force as other rounds. The prime targets for pancaking are those "non-compliant" individuals, prison or civil rioters, and animals — or any situation when verbal communication has not worked and lethal measures are inappropriate. More

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