Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success
Date:  09-16-2016

Justice Reinvestment Initiative final report on 17 jurisdictions finds savings despite challenges
From the August 2016 Urban Institute brief on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative:

Over the past decade, state and local jurisdictions across the country have implemented innovative strategies to improve public safety and produce a better return on their public safety investments. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) has played a lead role in this reform effort, facilitating a data- driven approach in which jurisdictions examine the factors—or drivers—that contribute to their corrections populations and costs and identify and implement evidence-based reforms to address these drivers, enhance public safety outcomes, and generate cost savings to be reinvested in high-performing public safety strategies. Between 2010 and 2016, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded JRI in 17 local jurisdictions (figure 1). In November 2014, Urban released a brief that summarized interim findings of an assessment of activities and outcomes in these local sites. This brief documents work through the completion of the initiative, identifies common themes across the local sites, summarizes policy strategies implemented, documents outcomes to date, and highlights keys to successful reform.

Read “Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success” here.