Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level

As local jail populations have increased, budgets have tightened in many jurisdictions, leading several localities to adopt the justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice reform, generating savings that can be reinvested in evidence-based public safety strategies.

In 2008, the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center to implement Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level in three jurisdictions. The Justice Policy Center analyzed the jurisdictions’ criminal justice data to identify jail population drivers and worked with stakeholders to develop strategies for addressing the population and cost drivers. Following this work, 14 additional localities engaged in justice reinvestment activities under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The 17 jurisdictions received technical assistance from the Center for Effective Public Policy and the Crime and Justice Institute from 2010 to 2015. Based on its Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level work, the Justice Policy Center published a guidebook and two toolkits for practitioners looking to implement the justice reinvestment model in their local jurisdictions. 

For more information about JRI, e-mail us at JusticeReinvestment@urban.org.