Over the past six years, 17 local jurisdictions across the country have implemented policies to reduce their jail populations and costs, improve public safety, and increase the efficiency of their justice system. Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, sites implemented policies to address frequent front-end users, improve pretrial strategies, apply evidence-based practices in community supervision, and enhance data systems and capacity. This brief summarizes those strategies, identifies common themes across sites, documents outcomes to date, spotlights successful efforts, and highlights keys to successful reform.
Note: This brief was changed in October 2016. Figure 1, a map of local JRI sites, was updated to improve the accuracy of the locations of San Francisco City & County, Santa Cruz County, and Yolo County.