After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Massachusetts passed legislation that focuses on incentivizing good behavior, diverting people from incarceration to treatment and programming, and strengthening community supervision, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
The final report of the CSG Justice Center includes policy options that draw heavily on the expertise and experience of the Massachusetts Justice Reinvestment Working Group and are presented to provide state leaders and community stakeholders with options to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being invested to have the greatest impact on reducing recidivism.
The seventh working group presentation focuses on a review of data analyses and potential policy options.
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.
The fifth working group presentation is an analysis of probation and parole supervision that focuses on supervision’s alignment with risk, need, responsivity best practices, including how risk of recidivism is managed, how probationer and parolee needs are assessed and addressed, and what sanctions and incentives exist to respond to behavior of probationers and parolees.
The fourth working group presentation provides an overview of the research regarding what works to reduce recidivism, as well as an analysis of Houses of Correction and Department of Correction programming, releases to the community, and reentry data.
The third working group presentation focuses on jail and DOC detainee populations, release decision making, and various measures of recidivism.
The research addendum contains additional information on county and DOC detainee populations, HOC and DOC populations, demographics of the incarcerated populations, and a follow-up analysis of Continuances Without a Finding (CWOFs).
The second working group presentation focuses on key statutory frameworks, sentencing polices, and practices that impact incarceration and community supervision in Massachusetts.
The first working group presentation introduces The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the justice reinvestment process, and includes initial analyses on the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
The Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts Overview outlines the justice reinvestment approach that will be used in Massachusetts and the initial scope of the project.