Reinvestment at the Local Level
Local correctional spending has increased over 20 percent in the last decade. This increase was largely driven by increases in incarceration costs. Recent budget constraints have led jurisdictions to question whether they are efficiently spending local resources.
The goal of justice reinvestment is to reduce criminal justice costs and reinvest savings to yield a more cost-beneficial impact on public safety and community well-being. The use of data analysis and collaboration are guiding principles for the justice reinvestment model.
In 2008 the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded the Urban Institute to work with three jurisdictions to implement justice reinvestment at the local level. Currently, a number of localities are engaged in justice reinvestment activities under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.