JPI Daily News Digest 6/18/12
MD: Juvenile Services Dept. allots $8.5M for out-of-state placements (Southern Maryland Online)
The Juvenile Services Department’s so-called “Maryland model” aims to reduce reliance on out-of-state treatment facilities for youth sentenced in juvenile court but has set aside about $8.5 million to send less than a score of them to centers across the U.S. over the next three years.
SD: Lawrence County OKs use of juvenile monitoring devices (Black Hills Pioneer)
Court services personnel in Lawrence County will begin tracking juvenile offenders using a GPS monitoring system as early as next week.
Lawrence County Commissioners authorized a memorandum of understanding agreement between the Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center in Rapid City and the 4th Judicial Circuit Court on Tuesday to proceed with the program.
NM: Audit: Half of inmates back to prison with 5 years - study(New England Cable News)
New Mexico's corrections system needs to better prepare inmates for their release back into communities because about half return to prison within five years, according to a legislative audit released Thursday.
By reducing inmate recidivism, the state can save money on corrections and slow a growing prison population, the audit found. But if nothing is done, New Mexico will run out of prison space within in the next decade and will have to consider building a new prison or expanding existing ones, according to the audit by the Legislative Finance Committee.
National: Study calls for overhaul in health care practices for elderly prisoners (News Medical)
Soaring numbers of older, sicker prisoners are causing an unprecedented health care challenge for the nation's criminal justice system, according to a new UCSF report.
As the American penal system confronts a costly demographic shift toward older prisoners, the authors call for an overhaul in health care practices for elderly inmates who disproportionately account for escalating medical expenses behind bars. The recommendations include screening for dementia among prisoners, improved palliative care, and standard policies for geriatric housing units for infirm inmates.
The article will be published online June 14, 2012, in the American Journal of Public Health.
British Columbia: Teen crime ring faces restorative justice (Campbell River Mirror)
At the witching hour, a group of 15- and 16-year-olds silently crawled out of their beds and snuck out of their homes to meet up on the streets.
During the months of March and April – and always during the middle of the night – the group of six to seven boys texted messages to each other on cell phones to co-ordinate their efforts to target unlocked vehicles in the Willow Point area.
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