Tennessee’s Criminal Justice Investment Task Force Publishes Comprehensive Policy Recommendations

To address a rising incarceration rate and high violent crime and recidivism rates, Tennessee embarked on a Justice Reinvestment approach in 2019 with technical assistance from the Crime and Justice Institute and guidance from the state’s Criminal Justice Investment Task Force. In December, the task force published 23 policy recommendations, which, among other things, aim to ensure that everyone who is released from prison or jail is supervised in the community; streamline the parole process for people sentenced for nonviolent offenses; increase access to post-secondary education and training for incarcerated people; and improve identification of behavioral health needs to divert people from prison or jail who would be better served in the community. These recommendations will be considered in forthcoming legislative sessions.