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

Opinion: A Better State Budget for Pennsylvania

The governor’s approach this year is vastly different from his 2015 plan, which called for the largest tax increase in state history and triggered the longest budget impasse in modern memory. It’s also a world away from Mr. Wolf’s retroactive income tax increase proposal last year.

Justice Reinvestment: Moving Forward and Reexamining Bail

There is a growing movement in criminal justice reform to re-examine how bail and pretrial detention is used. The movement tends to move away from the use of cash bail–or having to provide money to be released from prison prior to the disposition of a case–and toward the use of things like risk assessments and pretrial services that provide supervision to people awaiting trial.

Report: Criminal Justice Reform Could Save Montana $70M

The Council of State Governments Justice Center reentry announced their findings at the State Capitol, after a nearly two-year study. Lawmakers from both parties joined representatives from the Justice Center to back their recommendations.

Recent Posts

Smart Steps to Take on the Road to Justice Reform

Smart Steps to Take on the Road to Justice Reform

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.

Understanding the FBI Crime Report

Understanding the FBI Crime Report

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.

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.

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Sixth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Sixth Presentation

The sixth working group presentation details additional analyses on race, including existing data considerations and limitations and key areas of interest that were identified during the justice reinvestment project.