Up to $4.6 Billion Expected to be Saved by Justice Reinvestment States
Date:  02-20-2014

"Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Asssessment" report shows how 17 states are yielding financial benefits
A new report from the Urban Institute reveals how 17 states are expected to save as much as an astounding $4.6 billion through Justice Reinvestment Initiatives. The abstract of Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report announces:

Seventeen Justice Reinvestment Initiative states are projected to save as much as $4.6 billion through reforms that increase the efficiency of their criminal justice systems. Eight states that had JRI policies in effect for at least one year – Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina – reduced their prison populations. Through the Initiative, states receive federal dollars to assess and improve their criminal justice systems while enhancing public safety. This report chronicles 17 states as they enacted comprehensive criminal justice reforms relying on bipartisan and interbranch collaboration. The study notes common factors that drove prison growth and costs and documents how each state responded with targeted policies.

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To read the full Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report click here to go to website.