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JPI Daily News Digest 1/28/2013

NC: School resource officers protect students, build rapport (Star News Online)
When fights break out, Officer Craig Melville is there.When a young girl wants to vent about her parents, Melville is there, too. Last week, Melville was there wearing his blue uniform, standard-issue for Wilmington Police Department officers like him. A gun on his hip, he stood in the hallway at New Hanover High School as chattering students shuffled to their next class.

DE: Senator Coons supports improvements to mental health services in criminal justice system (Coons.Senate.gov)
Senator Chris Coons joined colleagues of both political parties to support legislation that would improve access to mental health services for people who come into contact with the criminal justice system and provide law enforcement officers the tools they need to identify and respond to mental health issues in the community.  

National: The Number of People in Private Prisons Has Grown By 1,664% in the Last 19 Years  (PolicyMic)
In 1984, the U.S. began its ongoing experiment with private prisons. Between 1990 and 2009, the inmate population of private prisons grew by 1,664%. Today approximately 130,000 people are incarcerated by for-profit companies. In 2010, annual revenues for two largest companies — Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group — were nearly $3 billion.

SD: Juvenile justice system may provide blueprint for overall justice reform (ABC, KSFY)
The South Dakota Senate has approved a plan to cut the state's prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs. Senators voted 31-2 Thursday to pass the bill and send it to the House for further debate.

W.Va: New study: Fix W.Va. prisons this way (The Charleston Gazette)
A nonpartisan panel that has been studying West Virginia's prison overcrowding problems for the past year has submitted recommendations its members believe could reduce the prison population and save the state more than $100 million by 2018.

Kenya: Day Care Center Opens for Kenya's Female Prisoners  (Voice of America)
Kenya’s only maximum-security female institution has opened a day care facility for inmates’ children under the age of four. Some were born in prison and, until now, have spent all their time with their mothers and the other prisoners.

PA: Hunterdon County unveils early intervention program for juvenile offenders (Lehigh Valley Live)
Hunterdon County teenagers and their families now have access to a program that offers young offenders a chance to wipe the slate clean.

HI: Hawaii lawmakers in both the state House and Senatewant to legalize marijuana (The Republic)
Several key Hawaii lawmakers want to legalize marijuana in the Aloha State. House Speaker Joseph Souki and House Majority Leader Scott Saiki, both Democrats, introduced a bill last Friday to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by people aged 21 years or older.

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