Justice Reinvestment

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

Current States
Past States

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.

Recent Headlines

Justice Reinvestment National Summit Highlights

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).

Massachusetts Seeks Help in Cutting Recidivism Rates

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.

Recent Posts

Rhode Island Launches New Justice Reinvestment Effort

Rhode Island Launches New Justice Reinvestment Effort

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.

Three Core Elements of Programs that Reduce Recidivism: Who, What, and How Well

Three Core Elements of Programs that Reduce Recidivism: Who, What, and How Well

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).

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview

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.

Nebraska’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

Nebraska’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

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.

Alabama’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

Alabama’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

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.