Corrections reform needs to begin by acknowledging that an individual’s humanity is not diminished by incarceration. As we talk about prison population reduction and recidivism reduction, we need to talk in terms of people – an investment in the people in our custody, in our corrections systems and in our communities.
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.
The Arkansas Parole Board ended the fiscal year with the highest number of parole application reviews in the agency’s history, according to an annual report. The increase shown in the report illustrates a problem facing policymakers: how to handle the workload on the state’s penal system, including parole supervising agencies.
With its jails and prisons overcrowded and incarceration costs on rise, North Dakota launched an effort with a national partner aimed at curbing spending on corrections and reinvesting the savings in ways that curb recidivism and boost public safety.
With its jails and prisons overcrowded and incarceration costs on the rise, North Dakota recently launched an effort with a national partner to curb spending on corrections and reinvest the savings in ways that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.
North Dakota is the 25th state to be involved in what the CSG Justice Center calls a data-driven “justice reinvestment” approach to improving criminal justice. The primary goals are to reduce costs and instances of repeat offenders and to improve public safety.
After enacting justice reinvestment legislation, North Carolina and Pennsylvania embarked on extensive statewide supervision staff training aimed at improving supervision practices. This Q&A discussion with two agency administrators may benefit other jurisdictions considering similar approaches.
President Obama recently unveiled his $4.23 trillion budget proposal for 2017, which allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs.
“We welcome this opportunity to further review our criminal justice system and build on our work to reduce recidivism and to ensure that spending on corrections is as cost-effective as possible, while adhering to our high standards of public safety,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.
The Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in the state that North Dakota’s Incarceration Issues Committee and CSG Justice Center staff will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment efforts.
The Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in the state that Arkansas’s Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force and CSG Justice Center staff will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment efforts.
The Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts Overview outlines the justice reinvestment approach that will be used in Massachusetts and the initial scope of the project.