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.
- Justice Reinvestment Initiative Data Snapshot
- Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Data Tracker
- Reforming Sentencing and Corrections Policy (2016 state assessment report)
- Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success
- The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Thinking Local for State Justice Reinvestment
- Lessons from the States: Responsible Prison Reform
- The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the Local Sites
- Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report (2014)
- The Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States
State policy assessments:
- Assessing the Impact of Georgia’s Sentencing Reforms
- Assessing the Impact of South Dakota’s Sentencing Reforms: Justice Reinvestment Initiative
- Assessing the Impact of South Carolina’s Parole and Probation Reforms
- Six myths about criminal justice reform
- States spearhead ambitious criminal justice reform policies
- One way to reduce mass incarceration: Start local
- Local win-wins: How homegrown solutions can reduce incarceration and improve public safety
- Justice reinvestment: Using data to save dollars
- How evidence-based strategies can spur successful correctional reform