In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Urban Institute released a report that assesses the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) and describes the experiences and interim outcomes in participating JRI states. Seventeen states are projected to save as much as $4.6 billion through policies designed to control corrections spending and increase public safety. Eight states that had JRI policies in effect for at least one year—Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina—reduced their prison populations. States have reinvested more than $165 million in public safety initiatives.
The report describes common factors driving prison population growth and corrections costs and discusses the policies JRI states developed to address these challenges. Descriptions of the projected and actual impact of these policies on prison populations in states, their costs savings, and the public safety strategies in which states reinvested are described in the report. Detailed cases studies of the 17 states are included.
Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that increase public safety. States receive intensive technical assistance funded by BJA in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts.
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