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

R.I. to Review Prison, Parole, Probation Systems

The announcement will the mark the launch of a months-long effort by the Council of State Governments Justice Center to help Rhode Island policy-makers identify potential new strategies “to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism and increase public safety.”

U.S. Senate

Bill to Fund Key Justice Programs Advances out of Senate Appropriations Committee

On the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a $51.1 billion spending bill that would fund three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center: the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Recent Posts

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).


Rhode Island to Launch New Justice Reinvestment Effort

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will join state leaders from both parties Tuesday to launch a comprehensive study of the state’s criminal justice system to identify new ways to relieve pressures on the correctional system and increase public safety.



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.


Justice Reinvestment in Alabama: Analysis and Policy Framework

This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, probation, and parole data presented to Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force. It outlines strategies and policy options to reduce the prison population and recidivism in the state by strengthening community-based supervision and […]