The resources below provide more information on local justice reinvestment and how to implement the JRLL model.

Introductory Documents

What is Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level? 


 Implementation Basics

Justice Reinvestment: A Toolkit for Local Leaders presents an overview of the justice reinvestment process for local leaders who have an understanding of the different agencies in the criminal justice system and some executive authority over the programmatic, policy, or fiscal operations of at least one local criminal justice agency.

The Criminal Justice Planner’s Toolkit for Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level provides criminal justice planners technical information to identify cost drivers and design strategies to address those drivers. This resource distinguishes itself from other publications by examining the model from the planners’ perspective and by providing more detailed information about data collection and analysis. Local-level criminal justice planners—responsible for coordinating or analyzing local criminal justice interagency operations—criminal justice personnel at any level of government  may find the contents useful.

Planning and Implementation Guide, Second Edition provides detailed instruction for jurisdictions aiming to improve the efficiency of their justice systems and generate savings that can be reinvested in evidence-based strategies. Contents include the steps involved in justice reinvestment, challenges that may be encountered, and how challenges can be overcome. The intended audience is local government managers and criminal justice leaders, as well as criminal justice practitioners, consultants, and researchers.

In-Depth Implementation Briefs

These policy briefs are designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking specific justice reinvestment tasks. Each brief includes additional resources and a "getting started" worksheet in its appendix.

Improving Strategic Planning through Collaborative Bodies discusses the central role of strategic planning entities in the justice reinvestment process, how these bodies are structured and operated, and guidance for establishing or expanding such a collaborative. A case study from one local justice reinvestment site is presented to highlight the recommended process.

Data-Driven Decisionmaking for Strategic Justice Reinvestment, using the fictional Doe County, details the data that agencies must share and analyze to identify cost and population drivers, and provides examples of how data analysis findings can be used to formulate policy changes and reinvestment strategies.

Tracking Costs and Savings through Justice Reinvestment focuses on tracking costs and anticipated savings to target reinvestment. It provides guidance on how to conduct a comprehensive assessment of local justice spending, assess cost implications for agencies outside of the criminal justice system, and target reinvestment efforts.

Local Level Examples

The 17 local sites in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative received technical assistance from the Center for Effective Policy and the Community Resources for Justice’s Crime and Justice Institute.

Presentations and Testimonies

Testimony before the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary 

Principal Investigator Nancy G. La Vigne testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on May 11, 2010, on the role of justice reinvestment in controlling criminal justice costs while achieving greater public safety benefits.

Presentation at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference 

Researchers addressed the role Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level can play in managing county budgets and criminal justice systems at the National Association of Counties annual conference in July 2010.

Presentations to the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

In September 2010, Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level was featured at the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies at which project staff presented on the model, successes, and challenges of justice reinvestment with representatives of the Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level sites.

Related Projects

Justice Reinvestment Initiative

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Pew Center on the States, supports state and local policymakers implementing justice reinvestment. Technical assistance providers work with site stakeholders over two to three years to analyze data and implement cost-saving strategies. As the oversight, coordination, and outcome assessment provider, the Urban Institute monitors and documents the implementation of JRI in the participating states and localities. In 2014, Urban released the JRI State Assessment Report chronicling the progress and outcomes of 17 states’ adoption of JRI, including the common factors that drove prison growth and costs as well as the evidence-based strategies implemented to target that growth and enhance public safety. In 2015, Urban released a brief with interim findings from an assessment of the progress and activities of the 17 localities engaged in the initiative.

For more information on JRI, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative website.

Transition from Jail to Community Initiative

The Transition from Jail to Community Initiative (TJC) is a sister project to JRI and provides a systems change model for successful reentry. The TJC website contains more information on the project and additional resources for those interested in reentry efforts.

Reentry Mapping Network

The Reentry Mapping Network provides tools for mapping jail and prison reentry populations, which can be valuable for identifying areas to which a high proportion of people entering and exiting the jail live.