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KHRT ND News - Friday - 09/06/19 - Morning Edition

Gov. Doug Burgum has announced an ambitious new initiative that will further North Dakota's efforts to reform its corrections system...

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum, together with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR), has announced an ambitious new initiative that will further North Dakota's efforts to reform its corrections system.

    Across the country, criminal justice agencies are trying to preserve and ensure public safety while reducing prison populations. To date, it's been challenging to track what's working and whether various practices, policies and programs are helping individuals leaving prison to succeed at reintegrating with their communities. North Dakota is pioneering a new approach that will establish analytical capabilities that allow leadership and staff to answer these questions and to see, in real time, what's working and what isn't.

    In partnership with Recidiviz - a technology nonprofit founded by engineers from Google, Apple and Dropbox - the DOCR will be able to monitor success on an ongoing basis and in detail through the new initiative, titled Continuous Corrections Improvement - North Dakota (CCIND). This will enable the DOCR to identify, scale and sustain strategies that are driving success.

    "With this initiative, the DOCR is transitioning to a state of continuous improvement that will allow it to see the real-time impact of changes, better equipping the department to plan and act," Burgum said. "By harnessing this technology, we can enhance public safety, improve lives and save taxpayer dollars."

    In particular, the DOCR aims to decrease the rate of people returning to prison, increase the rate of successful completions of community supervision, increase days at liberty for those on community supervision, and meet more of individuals' needs.

    "These success metrics will now be automatically tracked and reported to leadership and staff on a daily basis," DOCR Director Leann Bertsch said. "Increasing re-entry success is a win-win-win: It means fewer crimes are being committed, the lives and communities of returning citizens are being improved and fewer taxpayer dollars are being spent on incarceration."

    Monitoring success in the criminal justice system has been challenging. Information about prison stays, programming and community supervision is spread across many different data systems, making efforts to use it labor-intensive, expensive and slow. The new initiative leverages advances in cloud computing and analytics to enable the DOCR to automatically track the impact of changes as they're rolled out, without additional staffing or resources.

    The work builds on previous innovative efforts to reform North Dakota's corrections system, including those covered by Governing and National Public Radio, and the recent Justice Reinvestment effort.


      GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a moose that wandered onto the University of North Dakota campus should not have been drugged. North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Jeb Williams says his agency did not recommend immobilization and relocation because of the possible health hazard to humans who might eat the moose meat if its hunted.

    The moose found its way into a football stadium Tuesday morning. It was tranquilized by campus police and officials from a North Dakota zoo and moved out of town.

    Williams says the technique is popular with the public, but not a responsible solution. He says the withdrawal time for the anesthetic and antibiotics will extend into the archery hunting season. Twenty moose licenses have been issued for the area.

    UND police Lt. Danny Weigel says campus police believed after consulting with wildlife professionals that tranquilizing and relocating the moose was the best option.


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Wildlife officials went digging to find the good news after South Dakota's annual pheasant brood survey showed a 17% decrease from last year, due mainly to an abundance of rain and snow in one of the premier bird hunting states. The Game, Fish and Parks Department report shows the pheasant-per-mile count down 43% from the 10-year average.

    However, Pheasants Forever State Coordinator Matt Morlock points out several potential hot spots in the report and says South Dakota "is still the No. 1 place in the world to go." Minnesota and Wisconsin are historically the top states for non-resident hunting licenses in South Dakota.

    North Dakota, considered a top five state for pheasants, has dropped off in recent years but for different reasons. It has been hampered by drought and declining habitat.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck Police Department is looking for a missing man. 42-year-old Emmitt Monroe Klein is describe as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches, 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Klein was reported missing by a family member on Tuesday.

    Officers say Klein had been recently staying at a residence in Haycreek Trailer Park in Bismarck and was last seen by a neighbor on Monday, who says he was on a motorcycle and was told by Klein that he was going to South Dakota.

    If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Bismarck Police at 701-223-1212.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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