To reduce prison overcrowding and repeat crimes, a reform study recommends that Nebraska increase the use of probation and drug courts for nonviolent offenders and bulk up supervision of inmates after their release.
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.
More than $306 million could be diverted from Nebraska prison construction and operating costs over five years to programs that tackle prison crowding while improving public safety.
Even as the number of people going to prison has declined in recent years, Alabama’s overall inmate population has barely budged.
Andy Barbee of The Council of State Governments Justice Center, which is providing research and assistance, went over charts analyzing parole, sentencing and other factors in the prison population.
A new confinement center that opened in Morganton on Monday will repurpose a portion of the former Western Youth Institution, which closed almost a year ago.
Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.
The bipartisan Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce voted on December 5 to adopt a set of policy options developed to address issues in the state’s criminal justice system.
Co-hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the three-day event, “Justice Reinvestment National Summit: Sustaining Success, Maintaining Momentum,” aimed to give participants an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences with justice reinvestment, an approach designed to reduce corrections spending and reinvest in strategies that can reduce recidivism and improve public safety.
Presentation of strategies and policy options intended to help avert prison population growth and increase public safety, delivered to the Washington State Justice Reinvestment Taskforce at the Washington State Capitol on December 5, 2014.
Three years after North Carolina enacted justice reinvestment legislation, this report reviews the policies the state enacted and their impact on North Carolina’s correctional and criminal justice system. Through transforming the state’s probation system, reinventing how treatment is delivered, and expanding supervision, the state has seen declines in its prison population, the number of probation revocations, and releases from prison without supervision.
Justice reinvestment legislation was enacted in March 2014 and the state is projected to avert between $221 and $288 million in construction and operating costs by FY2019.