New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Attorney General: 'it's the right thing to do'


August 19, 2019

When Director of Corrections and Rehabilitation Leann Bertsch announced a new Justice Reinvestment program to reduce the prison population and cut recidivism, this column hailed the program with a quotation from “Governing,” a magazine for state and local governments, “North Dakota is conducting a prison experiment unlike anything else in the United States.”

Leann had been to Norway and found that it had less recidivism than North Dakota and decided that this was the time to change tactics. Norway demonstrated a strong interest in closing the gap between life in prison and life back...

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