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Key to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a tailored approach reflecting each state’s challenges and strengths.
A protester carries a sign during a "Defund the Police" march from King County Youth Jail to City Hall in Seattle, Washington on August 5, 2020. (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)
Budget choices are happening now, and policymakers have an opportunity to enact equitable, effective, and lasting public safety reforms.
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It is important to recognize that these tools do not operate apart from the justice system or the systemic issues that plague it.
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Right now and for decades to come, public officials can work to right the wrongs that continue to lead to high crime and victimization in Black neighborhoods.
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Improving accountability to victims makes the justice system more equitable and fair.
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Expanding compassionate release could help prisons reduce deaths from COVID-19.
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As people around the world donate to bail funds, it’s critical to understand bail systems, efforts to reform them, and underlying system injustices that bail funds seek to mitigate.
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Corrections legislation, policy, and practice needs a structural shift from us-versus-them thinking to “we” thinking.
Protestors chant "Say His Name, George Floyd" near a memorial for George Floyd at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN
"George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, and that city and cities across the country are on fire. I am trying to reckon with the meaning of the failure of that trust-building work to keep it from happening."
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers wear facial covering while monitoring an "Open California" rally in downtown Los Angeles, on April 22, 2020.
Creating a common set of facts and focusing on smaller geographies within a city can help move toward shared understanding and collaborative solutions.

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