2019 Quarter 4 | The Council of State Governments | MLC Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

MLC Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Newsletter
In This Issue
Committee Happenings
CSG Justice Center Update
Criminal Justice News
Important Dates
*All times are Central Time

December 11:

December 12: 

December 19: 

January 5-8, 2020:

January 9-14, 2020:

January 21, 2020:

January 29-31, 2020:

February 20, 2020:

March 15-18, 2020:

March 24-28, 2020:

April 2-3, 2020:

April 16, 2020:

June 18-19, 2020:

July 12-16, 2020:

July 19-22, 2020:
75th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC) - Detroit, MI

August 7-11, 2020:

August 21-25, 2020: 

July 11-14, 2021:
76th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC) - Rapid City, SD
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Manitoba MLA and new CJPS Committee Appointee, Andrew Smith
Since the last newsletter, activity on the Midwestern Legislative Conference's (MLC) Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJPS) Committee has been relatively quiet. There has been one new appointment in recent months. The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba recently appointed Andrew Smith, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Lagimodiere riding, as the government caucus' representative on the MLC CJPS Committee. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party, Mr. Smith has been a MLA since 2016. He currently lives in Winnipeg with his wife Jaime and their son, Lincoln. Congratulations to Mr. Smith on his appointment and welcome to the CJPS Committee! 

Indiana Sen. Michael Crider accepts his Toll Fellowship award from CSG National Chair, Wisconsin Rep. Joan Ballweg
Meanwhile, one of the CJPS Committee's leadership team members was honored on the last day of the Council of State Governments' (CSG) National Conference. Back in August, Indiana Sen. and MLC CJPS Committee Vice Chair Michael Crider completed a five day leadership program called the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program. The Toll Fellowship brings together 48 of the nation's top officials from all three branches of state government for a "leadership boot camp" designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. Before becoming a Toll Fellow, Sen. Crider participated in 2015 the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), the Midwest's premier regional leadership program. Congratulations to Sen. Crider! If you are interested in BILLD or the Toll Fellowship, please see the links in the Important Dates calendar to the left. 

In other leadership news, CJPS Co-Chair, Illinois Sen. Mattie Hunter, was recently appointed Chair of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee. Under Sen. Hunter's leadership, the Transportation Committee will focus on improving fairness in the state's procurement processes, seek ways to make public transit more accessible and affordable, and conduct a study on red-light camera usage. Finally, North Dakota Rep. and CJPS Co-Chair Shannon Roers Jones was recently given the Phoenix Award at North Dakota's Recovery Reinvented event for her work promoting legislation that provides second chance opportunities for people coming out of the criminal justice system. 

If you have any news that you would like to share with the CJPS committee, such as committee appointments or significant legislative achievements, please reach out to Mitch Arvidson.

From October 2017 to March 2018, staff at the CSG Justice Center studied two jurisdictions' efforts to coordinate reentry and employment services for 521 people leaving state prisons and jails. These efforts were modeled on the approaches outlined in Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness white paper. One of these jurisdictions was Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. These services are incredibly important for the successful reintegration of offenders back into their communities and for ensuring they don't recidivate. The final product of the Justice Center's study is the Integrated Reentry & Employment Strategies (IRES) Pilot Project Process Evaluation Report. This study was made possible with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The original whitepaper hypothesized that recidivism and employment outcomes would improve if corrections and workforce development agencies applied risk-need-responsivity (RNR) principles to their services. "The risk principle matches the intensity of a person's intervention with his or her assessed level of risk for criminal activity; the need principle targets the factors that contribute to the likelihood of new criminal activity such as substance addiction or antisocial behavior; and the responsivity principle accounts for each person's individual learning style, abilities, motivations, culture, and demographics." The evaluation of the pilot project shows that the two jurisdictions experienced both challenges and successes in implementing these RNR principles. The jurisdictions need to improve at providing the appropriate employment services before release and improve at assessing levels of job readiness. However, they were successful at enacting the proper resource-allocation and service-matching tools between agencies after release. 

The full pilot project evaluation report, including data analysis and methodology can be found here:  https://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FINAL-IRES-Pilot-Project-Proc-Eval-Report.pdf

As opposed to previous editions of the MLC CJPS newsletters that featured a few stories highlighting recent criminal justice news throughout the Midwestern region, this edition will highlight all of the biggest Midwestern criminal justice news from 2019 . Thanks to the CSG Midwest publications manager, Tim Anderson, you can click here for a compilation of articles on criminal justice, public safety, and the courts that have appeared over the past year in the publication Stateline Midwest. Links to this and past newsletters, committee membership, and information about the MLC Annual Meeting can always be found on the committee's website: 
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