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Justice Reinvestment Technical Assistance for State Governments

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,249,969)

The purpose of the FY 2010 Criminal Justice Reform and Recidivism Reduction Competitive Grant Program is to implement a Justice Reinvestment model. "Justice reinvestment" refers to a data-driven model that: (1) analyzes criminal justice trends to understand what factors are driving the growth in jail and prison populations; (2) develops and implements policy options to manage the growth in corrections expenditures, generates savings in public revenues, and increases the effectiveness of current spending and investment to increase public safety and improve offender accountability; (3) reinvests a portion of the savings into the justice system to further reduce corrections spending and into the community to further prevent crime; and (4) measures the impact of the policy changes and reinvestment resources and holds policymakers accountable for projected results.

The Council of State Governments will use the FY 10 CJ IRR State-Level Justice Reinvestment Program Implementation Category Two funds to assist state policymakers interested in utilizing a justice reinvestment approach to increase public safety and reduce spending on corrections. The Justice Center seeks to provide two phases of intensive support to state governments. In consultation with BJA, the goals of the project are: identify up to five states to conduct an on-site assessment and recommend three states for "Phase One" assistance; provide up to three states with Phase One technical assistance; recommend up to three jurisdictions that would benefit from sub-award funding support and additional technical assistance available through "Phase Two"; provide up to three Phase Two states with technical assistance to implement policies or programs; make sub-awards to Phase Two jurisdictions; and collect data from Phase Two states to determine the effectiveness of the implemented policies and programs.


Date Created: September 19, 2010