The Sebastian County Quorum Court during a Tuesday meeting was presented a possible solution to housing mentally ill offenders at the county detention center.
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
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.
Leaders of all three branches of state government huddled for over two hours in Gov. Charlie Baker’s office on Monday to review research being conducted by an outside non-profit into potential criminal justice reforms that could help reduce incarceration rates and recidivism in Massachusetts.
Idaho Supreme Court candidates Robyn Brody and Curt McKenzie discussed their run for office, their goals and their philosophies during a forum at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center last week.
A legislative task force on criminal justice has recommended changes in sentencing laws with the goal of controlling overcrowding of jails and prisons.
Sheriffs across the state are looking forward to the 2017 legislative session when mental illness in Arkansas jails is expected to be addressed.
Leading a statewide effort to reform criminal justice policies can be daunting because the stakes are high for everyone involved. That is why many state leaders turn to a data-driven justice reinvestment approach to identify the drivers of rising corrections costs and develop state-specific solutions that reduce corrections spending and reinvest a portion of those savings into strategies that can reduce recidivism.
Recently, the FBI released its annual report on crime, which included distressing news: violent crime—while still at levels far below what it was 20 years ago—increased between 2014 and 2015. Whenever elected officials see anything indicating their constituents are less safe, they are understandably and appropriately anxious.
This report, a compilation of a national survey of state parole boards and the U.S. Parole Commission, is a resource for parole and correctional authorities, policymakers, and other criminal justice system stakeholders who are interested in seeing how parole boards across the country compare with one another.
The fourth working group presentation provides an overview of the research regarding what works to reduce recidivism, as well as an analysis of HOC and DOC programming, releases to the community, and reentry data.
The Justice Reinvestment Policy Framework presented to the Incarceration Issues Committee offers four pragmatic policy options that are projected to reduce the forecasted prison population in 2022 by 13 percent, avoiding $36.3 million in contract prison bed costs.
The fourth presentation to the Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Initiative Working Group focuses on prioritizing recidivism reduction and understanding sentencing choices and outcomes as well as potential policy options.