Criminal Justice News

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fact Sheet Highlights JRI Impact in 33 States

A fact sheet from The Pew Charitable Trusts describes Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) efforts in 33 states and their effect on crime rates, state imprisonment rates, and more. JRI is a public-private partnership that includes the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Crime and Justice Institute, the Vera Institute of Justice and other organizations. Although JRI reforms vary from state to state, all aim 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 offenders that are effective at reducing recidivism. To read 33 States Reform Criminal Justice Policies Through Justice Reinvestment, go to

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