Last week, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) spoke to legislators about the critical need to reduce corrections costs and ease the overcrowding of prisons. His prescription includes shutting down ‘pill mills’ and investing in treatment programs such as Drug Court. A few days later, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory (R) emphatically called on state legislators to restore funding for Drug Courts: “For the sake of our families, please send me legislation, which will re-establish our drug treatment courts and also increase penalties for those who set up meth labs in our communities.”
Throughout January and February, governors have been giving their annual State of the State addresses to their legislatures, mapping out their policy goals and vision for the future. Governors across the country are calling for more Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts, improved access to mental health treatment, support for alternatives to incarceration, and solutions to prescription drug abuse.
|Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed SB70, the South Dakota Public Safety
Improvement Act, |
on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the State Capitol
NADCP closely monitors State of the State speeches and has assembled an online guide to help you track what your governor is saying about criminal justice reform. We will continue to keep you up to date on important statewide initiatives.