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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.

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For more information about the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, including how to participate, please visit BJA’s JRI website at