By Robert E. Rubin Published in The New York Times on June 3, 2016 Excerpt: “For our economy to succeed, we need to equip every American to be effective in the national work force. But the more than 600,000 people who leave prison every year are not getting the support they need.
Author Archives: Smart Justice Spokane
By Greg Berman and Julian Alder Published on The Crime Report on May 24, 2016 Excerpt: “Experience teaches us that reforming the justice system is both an art and a science. If we are to do this right, we need to be nerds. We need to be clear thinkers who look
Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding
By Kip Hill Published in The Spokesman Review on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “Spokane County’s efforts to reduce overcrowding and racial disparities at its aging jail have earned an additional investment of $1.75 million from the MacArthur Foundation. Jacqueline van Wormer, the county’s criminal justice administrator, announced the decision Wednesday afternoon. ‘I think
Spokane receives MacArthur Foundation Safety + Challenge Grant over two years to reduce its jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in our justice systems.
Published on safetyandjusticechallenge.org on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “20 DIVERSE COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MACARTHUR SUPPORT TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATIONS, IMPROVE LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, AND MODEL REFORMS FOR THE NATION Chicago, IL, April 13, 2016 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced nearly $25 million in support for
By Sarah Breitenbach Published on pewtrusts.org on April 11, 2016 Excerpt: “Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called insufficient criminal defense for indigent people a national crisis, and the Justice Department has investigated constitutional violations in representation. There is a lack of funding for public defense in every state, according to Colette Tvedt of the
By Rachel Alexander Published in The Spokesman Review on April 11, 2016 Excerpt: “A new study says many jails across Washington routinely fail to screen inmates properly for disabilities, delay access to medication and inappropriately place disabled inmates in solitary confinement. The study, released last week by Disability Rights Washington, used Gonzaga
On February 23rd Frontline did a two hour program called Chasing Heroin. It was filmed over quite a length of time in Seattle. Chasing Heroin
By the Associated Press Published on nbcnews.com on March 14, 2016 Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust. A letter being sent Monday