This brief that highlights policies states have enacted through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that have reduced revocations to prison for technical violations of probation and parole conditions.
Justice Reinvestment Publications
The final report outlines policy recommendations developed in collaboration with Wyoming’s Joint Judiciary Committee that were reflected in a package of legislation signed into law in February 2019.
Since implementing the reforms the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system fell 23 percent between fiscal years 2016 and 2018. During the same period, detention admissions dropped 44 percent, and diversion rates from court through nonjudicial adjustments increased 224 percent.
Summaries for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Dakota are now available, and additional summaries will be published through September 2020.
This report highlights the role that accountability courts—such as drug, mental health, veterans treatment, and other courts—play in reducing recidivism in Georgia.
State policymakers are grappling with upticks in violent crime, the opioid epidemic, people who have mental illnesses in the justice system, high rates of recidivism, and the high cost of corrections, all while trying to improve services for victims and increase opportunities for people returning to communities from jail and prison. To tackle these issues, more than 25 states have partnered with the CSG Justice Center to use a justice reinvestment approach.
The fourth and final presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee provides an overview of the project’s Medicaid and State Hospital analysis results from a criminal justice and health data match.
The second presentation to the New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Working Group summarizes findings and policy options related to reducing crime and supporting victims of crime, community supervision, and reincarceration rates.
The third presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee helped guide discussion about building upon the project framework to improve individual and system outcomes for people cycling through Oregon’s criminal justice and health systems.
The second presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee prompted discussion that enabled the committee to reach agreement on a project framework that will become the basis for subsequent resource and policy discussions.
The first presentation to the New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Working Group summarizes findings related to crime and victimization, behavioral health challenges that pertain to people in New Mexico’s criminal justice system, and probation policies and practices in the state.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Rhode Island passed legislation that will modernize probation and parole policies and practices, create more opportunities for community-based treatment for people with substance addictions and mental illnesses, and expand benefits for victims of crime, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
This overview outlines several criminal justice challenges in New Mexico, including high crime rates and overdose death rates, a growing prison population, and an increase in the reincarceration rate, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Massachusetts passed legislation that focuses on incentivizing good behavior, diverting people from incarceration to treatment and programming, and strengthening community supervision, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Missouri passed legislation that will help local law enforcement combat violent crime, ensure that risk assessment results drive key decisions about people on community supervision, provide better community-based treatment and services for people on probation or parole who have behavioral health conditions, and strengthen infrastructure to support victims of crime. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
This brief from the Urban Institute analyzes the impact of Idaho’s 2014 criminal justice reform legislation. As a result of the legislation, timely releases of people convicted of nonviolent offenses have increased, length of stays in prison have declined, and transparency in parole release decision-making has improved.
This presentation provides an update on analysis related to the intersection of the criminal justice and behavioral health systems in the state; an overview of criminal justice system challenges; and a summary of bill drafts in progress related to focusing community supervision resources and programming on people who have the highest risk of failing on supervision, holding people on supervision accountable, and connecting victims to services.
The fourth presentation to the Justice Reinvestment Ad Hoc Committee of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission provides an overview of data and policy options related to reducing violent crime, moving people with substance addictions and mental health needs into treatment that works, reducing recidivism and costs to taxpayers, and improving data collection.
The first presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee provides an overview of public safety and health system challenges in the state, jail data analysis, housing challenges, and the role of the state hospital in continuum of care options.
This publication outlines the scope of a Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment approach in Oregon to develop a statewide policy framework to help support tribal government, county, and local systems in improving recidivism and health outcomes for the small but important group of people who repeatedly cycle through the public safety and health systems.