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.

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Recent Headlines

Building More Prisons Not Real Option

According to the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, it would cost Alabama $840 million to build enough prison space to end the overcrowding.

Recent Posts

Washington State Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

In an effort to improve public safety, avert prison growth, and reinvest savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism, Washington Governor Jay Inslee joined state leaders in June 2014 to launch a comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system.

Publications

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Justice Reinvestment in Hawaii: Analyses & Policy Options

In June 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie and House and Senate leaders in Hawaii requested technical assistance from the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) to employ a data-driven “justice reinvestment” approach to develop a statewide policy framework that would reduce spending on corrections and reinvest savings in strategies that increase public safety.

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West Virginia’s Justice Reinvestment

After extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to strengthen community supervision, increase accountability, and expand access to substance use treatment.

AL Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Alabama Overview

The Justice Reinvestment in Alabama Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in Alabama that the Prison Reform Task Force will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment effort. Trends highlighted in the report include prison and community supervision populations, crime and arrest, and recidivism.