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Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Model

Justice reinvestment is a model for reducing criminal justice costs and reinvesting savings into high-performing initiatives to improve public safety and community well-being. The model steps are outlined below. More in-depth information on implementing justice reinvestment at the local level is available on the Resources page.

Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Model
JRLL model

Interagency Strategic Planning and Implementation

Effective justice reinvestment activities are dependent on ongoing interagency strategic planning. Justice reinvestment should involve key stakeholders both inside and outside of the criminal justice system.

Step 1: Collect and Analyze Criminal Justice Data

A jurisdiction analyzes its data to determine the drivers of criminal justice populations and costs. This involves taking an inventory of available data, preparing data for analysis, and using the data to identify the points at which resources could be used in a more cost-effective way.

Step 2: Identify Cost-Saving Public Safety Strategies

Once cost drivers are identified, cost-saving public safety strategies are developed to address those drivers. The strategies will need to be crafted with input and collaboration from multiple local stakeholders.

Step 3: Implement Cost-Saving Public Safety Strategies

Implementing the cost-saving strategies involves making the appropriate administrative or policy changes, including documenting the changes to preserve institutional memory. A great deal of planning is required to identify the funding, modifications to day-to-day operations, and training needed to make the cost-saving strategies a reality.

Step 4: Document Savings and Public Safety Impact

Quantifying the impacts will help a jurisdiction determine whether the strategies worked as intended and where improvement is needed.

Step 5: Implement and Assess Justice Reinvestment Strategies

When a strategy’s cost savings are calculated, jurisdictions will have a sense of how much money is available for reinvestment. Once implemented, reinvestment strategies must also be assessed for impact. With further data analysis, local leaders can determine effective avenues for reinvestment.

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