Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success

Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success

Efforts to implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) — a data-driven model for improving public safety by identifying and implementing evidence-based reforms that address drivers of excessive and repeated incarceration and reinvest cost savings in effective strategies — have generally paid off, an evaluation by the finds. The report, (11 pages, PDF), found that the seventeen local jurisdiction that have implemented JRI over the last six years have committed to a number of reforms, including improving their data capacity, finding better ways to address the needs of frequent "front-end users" of the correctional system, reforming pretrial processes by assessing defendant's risk factors, and implementing evidence-based community supervision provision. The report also found, however, that JRI has not uniformly generated savings that can be easily quantified and directly reinvested in other public functions.