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JRI Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2014 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms solicitation. Applications are due May 22, 2014.


AG Highlights BJA Programs at NACo

On March 4, 2013, Attorney General Holder highlighted BJA’s JAG, Justice Reinvestment, and Second Chance programs at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference.


JRI In the News
West Virginia: Governor Delivers State of the State Address [discusses the passing of the state's Justice Reinvestment Act] (January 8, 2014)
North Carolina: Prison closures are price of NC sentencing reform (July 9, 2013)
Pennsylvania: Governor Corbett Signs Justice Reinvestment; Other Law Enforcement Bills (October 25, 2012)
Arkansas: Early indicators show sentencing law working, panel told (September 25, 2012)
South Dakota: Daugaard & SD Leaders Work To Improve Prisons (July 18, 2012)
Georgia: Georgia groups push for money-saving juvenile law reforms (September 22, 2012)
South Carolina: Rather than the increase in population expected, a recent presentation by a SC Senate Judiciary Committee staffer noted South Carolina’s prison population has been reduced from approximately 24,600 inmates to 23,200 inmates; parole and probation revocations have been reduced by approximately 36 percent since 2010, and SC’s violent crime rate has decreased approximately 9.8 percent.

Read BJA's fact sheet Improving Criminal Justice and Reducing Recidivism Through Justice Reinvestment.

Read the BJA-sponsored Improving Strategic Planning through Collaborative Bodies from the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center (May 2012).

Read the BJA-sponsored Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Planning and Implementation Guide from the Urban Institute (April 2010).


Read the JRI one-pager.

BJA's JRI Partners
The following organizations are working with BJA on JRI:

Release of Justice Reinvestment Report
On February 8, 2011, Congressman Frank Wolf announced the release of The National Summit on Justice Reinvestment and Public Safety: Addressing Recidivism, Crime, and Corrections Spending by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center; Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Center on the States; BJA; and the Public Welfare Foundation. Read the press release.

State Site Selection
For states to receive assistance through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, an elected or appointed state official must first express interest via e-mail at justicereinvestment@urban.org or by phone at 202-261-5385. Please refer to BJA’s web site for more information about these initial steps required of states to express an interest in becoming a JRI state.

Local Site Selection
Please note that at as of January 2012, no new local sites are being considered. Please contact the Urban Institute via e-mail at justicereinvestment@urban.org or by phone at 202-261-5385 if you would like to be notified of updates on local site selection opportunities.

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Process to Request JRI Assistance
The JRI Phase I application process varies for state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. Sites that successfully complete all aspects of Phase I JRI will be invited to submit applications for Phase II.

State Site Selection
For states to receive assistance through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, an elected or appointed state official must first express interest via e-mail at justicereinvestment@urban.org or by phone at 202-261-5385. Please refer to BJA’s web site for more information about these initial steps required of states to express an interest in becoming a JRI state.

Local Site Selection
Please note that at as of January 2012, no new local sites are being considered. Please contact the Urban Institute via e-mail at justicereinvestment@urban.org or by phone at 202-261-5385 if you would like to be notified of updates on local site selection opportunities.

Lindsey Cramer
Research Staff
202-261-5385
E-mail: justicereinvestment@urban.org

Juliene James
Senior Policy Advisor
202-353-9248
E-mail: juliene.james@usdoj.gov

Dr. Gary L. Dennis
Senior Policy Advisor
202-305-9059
E-mail: Gary.Dennis@usdoj.gov

Data-Driven Decisionmaking for Strategic Justice Reinvestment, (NCJ 239001), BJA-Sponsored, This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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Improving Criminal Justice and Reducing Recidivism Through Justice Reinvestment, (FS 000369), Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2011. This fact sheet describes the justice reinvestment, a data-driven approach that enhances public safety, reduces corrections spending, and redirects savings to alternative criminal justice strategies that decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods.
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Improving Strategic Planning through Collaborative Bodies, (NCJ 239000), BJA-Sponsored. This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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Justice Reinvestment at the Local Level Planning and Implementation Guide, (NCJ 239002), BJA-Sponsored This guidebook provides instruction for local leaders aiming to improve the efficiency of their justice systems by managing and allocating scarce resources more cost-effectively and generating savings that can be reinvested in prevention-oriented strategies.
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Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report, This report chronicles 17 states as they enacted comprehensive criminal justice reforms relying on bipartisan and interbranch collaboration. The study notes common factors that drove prison growth and costs and documents how each state responded with targeted policies.
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Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Experiences from the States, This policy brief describes the experiences of 17 states participating in Justice Reinvestment Initiative efforts.
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Lessons From the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs Through Justice Reinvestment, This Council of State Governments Justice Center resource highlights 17 states that have cut corrections costs while reducing recidivism and improving public safety.
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Tracking Costs and Savings through Justice Reinvestment, (NCJ 238999), BJA-Sponsored, 2012. This publication is one of three policy briefs designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.
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More BJA Publications

What does it mean for a state to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative?  Answer

Is the Justice Reinvestment Initiative a response to the recent economic downturn?  Answer

Is the intent of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative to focus primarily on jail and/or prison populations and costs?  Answer

What does technical assistance look like?  Answer

Who provides technical assistance to a local or tribal community?  Answer

Who pays for Justice Reinvestment Initiative technical assistance?  Answer

How long does technical assistance last?  Answer

Can I arrange for someone to come to my state/local community to make a presentation on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative?  Answer

Is there a requirement on what share of the generated savings are reinvested?  Answer

Does the jurisdiction choose which policy options to implement at the end of Phase I, or are these determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance?  Answer

Will selected Justice Reinvestment sites be evaluated?  Answer

What is the application process for Phase I participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative?  Answer

We think we are interested in participating in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). What do we do now?  Answer

What does it mean for a local or tribal community to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative?  Answer

Who provides technical assistance to a state?  Answer

In regards to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), does my state/local/tribal community have to participate in Phase I in order to request Phase II assistance?  Answer

What kind of financial assistance is included in an award as a Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Phase II selected site?  Answer

How can I find more information on where justice reinvestment work is already underway?  Answer

Related to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), is there a requirement to change sentencing laws for certain offenses?  Answer

What can my state/local/tribal community do to increase its chances of being selected for participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)?  Answer

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Leading on Public Safety: 4 Governors Share Lessons Learned from Sentencing and Corrections Reform
This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights interviews with four governors—Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, and Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota—about why they believe justice reinvestment is right for their states and about the challenges they overcame to achieve consensus and enact policies that provide a better public safety return on state corrections dollars.

"Justice Reinvestment: Lessons Learned in the States on Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs"
View highlights from this April 12, 2013 Congressional Briefing featuring BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell.


Announcement:

Data-Driven Decision Making for Strategic Justice Reinvestment

This BJA-sponsored policy brief from the Urban Institute is designed to guide local policymakers in undertaking justice reinvestment, a data-driven strategy to identify the drivers of criminal justice system costs and make more efficient use of resources while maintaining public safety.


BJA Deputy Director Discusses Justice Reinvestment

Listen to BJA Deputy Director Kristen Mahoney discuss how BJA assists states with sentencing and corrections reforms.


Listen to Justice Reinvestment Interview

Listen to Len Sipes, of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia and host of DC Public Safety Radio, interview Dr. Nancy La Vigne, Director of the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, about "Reinventing the Criminal Justice System: Justice Reinvestment," recorded on January 24, 2013.


BJA/CSG Report Identifies States Cutting Correction Costs While Reducing Recidivism and Improving Safety

With support from BJA and the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released Lessons from the States: Reducing Recidivism and Curbing Corrections Costs Through Justice Reinvestment." Read the DOJ press release.


New Justice Reinvestment Brief Released

The Urban Institute, with BJA support, released a new research brief that chronicles the early activities and results of 17 states engaged in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). Collectively, the 17 states that have adopted the JRI model are projected to save $3.3 billion over 10 years. Read the Urban Institute's blog post for other highlights from the brief or read more about JRI.


Funding:

Criminal Justice Improvement and Recidivism Reduction through the State-Level Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
JRI provides resources to states to plan and implement policies and programs to analyze and reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings into strategies that can improve public safety.
Solicitation


Criminal Justice Improvement and Recidivism Reduction through State, Local, and Tribal Justice Reinvestment Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/10/2010, 08:00 PM
This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments to plan and implement policies and programs to generate savings through the reduction of prison and jail populations and reinvest a portion of these savings in community-based alternative criminal justice programs.
Solicitation