Policy makers, experts, and other key decision-makers from more than 30 states met to discuss the past, present, and future of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.
States receiving technical assistance from the CSG Justice Center
Other states that have pursued a justice reinvestment approach with technical assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts or the Vera Institute of Justice include: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah. For a complete, listing visit BJA’s justice reinvestment website.
In Alabama, the parole approval rate dropped from 43 percent in 2008 to 30 percent in 2013. Outside experts who have studied Alabama’s parole history believe that the drop in paroles is owed to problems at the back end of the criminal justice system.
Under a plan to reduce overcrowding in Alabama’s prisons, convicted felons would have greater opportunities to serve their sentences in their home communities rather than prison.
Top Massachusetts leaders are requesting an independent examination of the state’s criminal justice system with an eye toward lowering recidivism rates and reducing, in turn, the state’s prison population.
State government leaders in Massachusetts are renewing an effort that past leaders had called for but failed to secure: the help of the U.S. Department of Justice and Pew Center on the States in conducting a comprehensive analysis of the state’s criminal justice system.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Tuesday, July 7, to launch a comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system using a “justice reinvestment” approach, which will identify new ways to relieve pressures on the correctional system and increase public safety.
After years of pursuing separate approaches to providing supervision and treatment, Kansas has become a national leader in providing integrated services to people on probation and parole who need mental health or substance use treatment.
Programs that are effective at reducing recidivism have three core elements in common: they target people who are most likely to reoffend (who); they use practices rooted in the latest research on what works to reduce recidivism (what); and they regularly review program quality and evaluate how closely the program adheres to its established model (how well).
The Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in Rhode Island that the working group will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment effort.
Faced with a prison system at 159 percent of capacity and expected to grow to 170 percent of capacity by FY2020, state leaders in Nebraska pursued justice reinvestment. After extensive analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to reduce prison overcrowding and expand the use of probation and parole supervision.
Faced with the most crowded prison system in the nation and overwhelmed probation and parole systems, state leaders in Alabama pursued justice reinvestment. After extensive analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to reduce prison overcrowding and strengthen community-based supervision.