Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level is a model for reducing criminal justice costs and reinvesting savings into evidence-based initiatives to improve public safety and community well-being. The steps are outlined below. More information about implementing the model is available on the Resources page.
Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Model
Effective justice reinvestment activities depend on ongoing interagency strategic planning. Justice reinvestment should involve key stakeholders inside and outside of the criminal justice system.
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.
Once population and 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.
Implementing the strategies involves making the appropriate statutory or policy changes, including documenting the changes to preserve institutional memory. Planning is required to identify the funding, modifications to daily operations, and training needed to implement the strategies.
Quantifying the impacts will help a jurisdiction determine whether the strategies worked as intended and where improvement is needed.
When jurisdictions capture the amount of cost savings, they have a sense of how much money is available for reinvestment. Once implemented, reinvestment strategies must be assessed for impact. With further data analysis, local leaders can determine effective avenues for reinvestment.