Justice Reinvestment Initiative

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a partnership with states committed to using their criminal justice data to design and implement innovative, data-driven, and comprehensive approaches to reduce crime, cut recidivism rates, and shift resources toward more cost-effective safety strategies that work. States that participate in JRI receive technical assistance to analyze the factors driving correctional populations and costs – information that helps each state identify its own set of targeted solutions to reduce recidivism and improve return on investment.

Urban Institute plays a role in studying the effectiveness of JRI reforms, looking both at individual states and at the initiative as a whole across all participating states. In addition to hosting convenings for practitioners working on JRI projects, our research products range from state assessment briefs and blog commentary, to visual representations of implemented reforms, to a 2016 report containing the most in-depth analysis to date of JRI’s contribution to sentencing and corrections policy reform in the states.

Prior to our work on the current JRI initiative, we developed a body of work around Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level, including a guidebook and two toolkits for practitioners based on our experience implementing reforms in three pilot jurisdictions.

Initiative-wide publications:

State policy assessments:

Blog commentary: