In December, the Tennessee Criminal Justice Investment Task Force published policy recommendations that will be considered in forthcoming legislative sessions.
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 Crime & Justice Institute include: Alaska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah. Learn more about how justice reinvestment works here.
Announcement of the release of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration’s final report.
Nationally, Missouri ranks eighth highest in prison population, according to 2018 Prison Policy Initiative data. Among Missouri state prisons, local jails, juvenile centers, involuntary commitment and federal prisons, over 51,000 people filled the facilities in 2018.
About 18 month ago, the state launched its participation in the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative. This was an ambitious two-year effort with the goal of controlling state spending on corrections and reinvesting the money saved into alternative programs.
In June, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 236, a Justice Reinvestment bill that aims to rebalance the use of criminal justice resources and invest in strategies that reduce recidivism, support law enforcement, and expand access to behavioral health services. The legislation will avert an estimated 63 percent of projected growth in the prison population over the next decade, saving taxpayers $543 million.
Recent CSG Justice Center Posts
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two long-awaited pieces of criminal justice legislation into law on December 18, 2019 which are expected to save $48 million in corrections spending by 2023. The policy changes are the result of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).
Last December, President Donald Trump signed 2 appropriations packages, which contained all 12 appropriations bills, to fund the U.S. government for FY2020. These packages include funding for key criminal justice programs aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels.
Since 1998, Pennsylvania has seen its overall crime rate drop 45 percent and remain consistently lower than the national crime rate. A new infographic from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections illustrates crime trends from 1998 to 2018 and shows how […]
The fifth and final presentation to Vermont’s Justice Reinvestment II Working Group provides an overview of the project’s key findings and recommendations.
The fourth presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on analysis of DOC data, including prison and supervision population trends, as well as assessments of community supervision and behavioral health interventions.
This overview outlines a number of criminal justice challenges in Maine, including high opioid overdose death rates and a growing prison population, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.