In their annual State of the State addresses this year, governors across the country have focused on past and future criminal justice reforms, among other pressing priorities. Many governors stressed the importance of providing substance addiction and mental health treatment to people in the criminal justice system, offering educational and workforce opportunities to those who are incarcerated, and improving overall reentry practices—all approaches that can reduce recidivism and spending and create safer communities.
Justice Issues Covered by Governors in Their State of the State Remarks
|Reentry and Recidivism Reduction||10 mentions|
|Education and Employment||9|
|Prison Environment and Staffing||6|
|Pretrial and Sentencing||4|
|Jail and Prison Populations||3|
Hover over states in the map below to see excerpts from governors’ 2020 State of the State speeches: