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NCJ Number: 250624 Find in a Library
Title: Justice Reinvestment in Montana: Report to the Montana Commission on Sentencing
Corporate Author: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: January 2017
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
New York, NY 10005
Pew Charitable Trust
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Grant Number: 2013-ZB-BX-K002
Sale Source: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
100 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews the key challenges facing Montana’s criminal justice system and the policies recently developed to address them.
Abstract: The key challenges facing Montana’s criminal justice system are prison and jail population growth, high recidivism rate, and the increasing impact of substance use. The 17 policy options for addressing these issues are outlined in this report to the Montana Sentencing Commission, which is studying the State’s criminal justice system in preparation for its reform. Policy options for consideration by the Commission include establishing the use of pretrial risk assessment and supervision; revamping the pre-sentence investigation report to be more structured and objective; eliminating mandatory minimum jail sentences for first offense driving with a suspended license and third-offense petty theft; and reclassifying traffic offenses (other than driving under the influence) as civil or citation-only offenses. Other policy options offered are the adoption of evidence-based standards; requiring State-issued licenses for treatment facilities; focusing probation resources on those who are most likely to reoffend; limiting the term of incarceration for technical violations of probation and parole conditions; and increasing housing options for people returning to the community after incarceration. 2 figures and 47 notes
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Montana; Post-release programs; Pretrial procedures; Pretrial release; Prison overcrowding; Sentencing reform
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