BJA Justice Reinvestment Initiative
A Data-Driven Approach to Improve Public Safety
Justice reinvestment is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Pew Charitable Trusts to work with states to improve public safety and control taxpayer costs by prioritizing prison space for serious and repeat offenders and investing some of the savings in alternatives to incarceration for low-level crimes that are effective at reducing recidivism.
Strategies that incorporate evidence-based practices (EBPs) enable states to focus on increasing the efficiency of their criminal justice system by using limited resources (fiscal and otherwise) effectively. One such EBP used by JRI is the establishment of problem-solving courts to work with appropriate criminal justice populations.
States that have or are in the process of incorporating problem-solving courts – by revising program eligibility, expanding program capacity, reinvesting funds, etc. – into their JRI legislation include:
Justice Reinvestment Initiative Resources for Problem-Solving Courts
The following resources and reports explore the impact that problem-solving courts can and have had on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative process.
- 33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment. The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2016.
- Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report. The Urban Institute, 2014.
- Leading on Public Safety. The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2013.
- Lessons from the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs Through Justice Reinvestment. The Council of State Governments Justice Center, 2013.
- Reforming Sentencing and Corrections Policy: The Experience of Justice Reinvestment Initiative States. The Urban Institute, 2016.
- Sentencing and Corrections Reforms in Justice Reinvestment States. The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2013.