State corrections leader hopes to see results soon after reform efforts

July 03, 2017 | John Hageman, Forum News Service

The head of North Dakota's corrections department hopes to see results soon in the state's efforts to slow and reduce a growing inmate population after the recent passage of criminal justice reform legislation.

Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, pointed to a provision in her department's budget that requires it to develop a "prison population management plan" to prioritize admissions based on sentences and space availability. That bill also requires local correctional facilities to create an inmate population plan.

State agency budget bills went into effect Saturday, July 1, the start of a new biennium.

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