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Crime and Justice Institute Project to Increase Public Safety through Justice Reinvestment

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $3,164,749)

The purpose of the FY 2015 Justice Reinvestment Initiative State-level Technical Assistance 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; and (3) measures the impact of the policy changes and reinvestment resources and holds policymakers accountable for projected results.

The technical assistance provider will provide technical assistance that includes, but is not limited to, comprehensive data analysis, policy development, implementation and planning guidance, and support for program sustainability.

The Community Resources for Justice, Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) proposes to provide technical assistance to eight additional states. CJI’s model for JRI proposes to take three states through Phase I and seven through Phase II. In Phase I, CJI will select and prepare states, conduct a prison population drivers analysis and system assessment to identify key drivers of the correctional population and opportunities to impact those drivers and associated costs; provide education on research and evidence-based practices; help the state develop policies to meet the goals of JRI; and provide support for the enactment of those policies. In Phase II, CJI will provide assistance with planning and implementation as well as provide training and technical assistance. CJI will also work with the states to build internal capacity to promote the sustainability of state reforms after technical assistance ends.


Date Created: September 15, 2015