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North Dakota Launches Justice Reinvestment Initiative

State leaders from both political parties and all three branches of government gathered today to launch a comprehensive review of North Dakota’s criminal justice system with the goal of addressing the growing pressures on the state’s criminal justice system and averting costly future expansions of its correctional facilities.

50 State Teams Gather to Develop Plans for Improving Youth Outcomes in Each State Juvenile Justice System

On the heels of new data showing massive reductions in the number of youth incarcerated, legislators, judges, juvenile justice administrators and other representatives from all 50 states will meet Monday to tackle the next big challenge: making sure supervision and services provided in the correctional facilities and in the community reduce the likelihood youth will be rearrested and end up in the adult criminal justice system.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts Signs Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill

LINCOLN, Neb.—Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday signed into law a significant overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system designed to halt prison population growth, support victims of crime, and improve public safety by enhancing the supervision of people released from […]

Justice Center in the News

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.

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.

Report Offers $70M in Savings in Corrections Costs

Lawmakers recently released a report that they said would help the state avoid nearly $70 million in estimated corrections costs, increase public safety and avert growth of its incarcerated population by 2023.

Justice Reinvestment: Seeking Ways to Reduce Recidivism

Justice reinvestment in Pennsylvania, if enacted as planned, is projected to save the state more than $100 million over the next five years. Roughly half of that money is recommended to be put back into programs meant to reduce crime and re-offending, and in turn save even more money.

McCaffrey Bill Would Overhaul Rhode Island Probation, Parole System

The legislation is the culmination of months of work by Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Justice Reinvestment Working Group, which she created by executive order in July 2015. The group undertook an exhaustive study of the state’s criminal justice system using a “justice reinvestment” approach, designed to identify new ways to relieve pressures on the correctional system and increase public safety.

Second Chance for Criminal Justice Reform Bills in Rhode Island Assembly

The justice reinvestment bills that left Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed in tears when they failed to pass on the last day of 2016’s session were recently reintroduced. The six criminal justice reform bills were championed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, and worked on for a year by a committee of judges, legislators, agency heads, community leaders and others with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization.

Justice Reinvestment: Reducing Cost in the Criminal Justice System

More than $2 billion was allocated this fiscal year to operate Pennsylvania state correctional institutions to house prisoners. State officials are hoping to use a process known as justice reinvestment to reduce that cost and put those savings into programs that will help stop crime before it starts.