17 States Expected to Lower Prisoner Populations, Slow Prison Growth, and Save Billions

Post Date: January 28, 2014

UI-mapA new Urban Institute report details the experiences of 17 states participating in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). Through JRI, sponsored by the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts, states receive federal dollars to assess, revamp, and monitor the performance of their criminal justice systems.  

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report examines the factors driving prison growth and how state policymakers are responding to this growth. Common problems include lengthy sentences, high parole and probation revocation rates, and inefficient supervision and reentry services for released offenders. Read the report