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

Current States
Past States

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.

Recent Headlines

Criminal Justice Panel Working Toward Year-End Policy Debate

After months studying recidivism trends, drivers of incarceration and other elements of criminal justice in Massachusetts, researchers from the Council on State Governments Justice Center plan to gather with a 25-member working group in December to go over final policy recommendations.

We Can’t Arrest Our Way out of Pa.’s Heroin Epidemic: Josh Shapiro

As Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and more recently as a candidate for Attorney General, I’ve traveled to every corner of our Commonwealth and seen how the heroin and opioid epidemic is gripping communities – urban, suburban and rural alike – as the number one accidental killer in Pennsylvania.

When a Policy Alone Is Not Enough

In his first eight sessions as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Kris Steele paid scant attention to crime and punishment. But, in 2008, Steele’s work on the state budget put Oklahoma’s prison system in his sights for the first time. What he saw, he says, “puzzled and dismayed” him.

‘Strong Opinions’ Expected on Bill Draft for Incarceration Reform

Researchers from the Council of State Governments (CSG) who have guided the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative since January will present their final report and policy recommendations during a joint meeting of the Legislature’s Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration and Incarceration Issues Committee.

Recent Posts

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

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.

Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

Earlier this month, Hawaii enacted Senate Bill 2964, which—among other measures—changed the penal code to raise the felony theft threshold for the first time since 1986, from $300 to $750.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should take action to identify how the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover.

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Policy Framework

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Policy Framework

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.

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Fourth Presentation

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.