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Justice Reinvestment Initiative: State Reforms Designed to Yield a Better Public Safety Return on Investments

Sponsored by the Urban Institute
Co-hosted by Representatives Bobby Scott and Adam Schiff

A new report from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center projects that adopting reforms to increase the efficiency of their criminal justice systems could save 17 Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) states as much as $4.6 billion. Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, each of which had JRI policies in effect for at least one year,– have already reduced their prison populations. Through JRI, states receive federal dollars to assess and improve their criminal justice systems while enhancing public safety. The report chronicles states’ experiences as they enacted comprehensive criminal justice reforms built on bipartisan and interbranch collaboration. Justice Policy Center Director Nancy La Vigne moderated a panel to discuss report findings and strategies for policymakers designed to yield a better return on public safety investments.


Opening Remarks

  • The Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, US representative, Virginia, 3rd District
  • The Honorable Adam Schiff, US representative, California, 28th District
  • Adam Gelb, director, Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Nancy La Vigne, director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)
  • Denise O’Donnell, director, Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • The Honorable Gerald Malloy, state senator, South Carolina
  • Jay Neal, executive director, Georgia Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry

For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Kate Villarreal. The panel will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Date & Time Wednesday, February 26, 2014
2226 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20510
, DC , 20510
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