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Council of State Governments Justice Center Launches Justice Reinvestment Website May 30, 2007

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently unveiled a new resource for policymakers: a website about its Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Through its Justice Reinvestment Initiative, the Justice Center provides intensive technical assistance to policymakers interested in reducing their state’s spending on corrections, increasing public safety, and improving conditions in the neighborhoods to which most people released from prison return.

The new website explains how justice reinvestment works. It also provides reports, policy briefs, and maps that the Justice Center has developed as part of its technical assistance to officials in states where bipartisan groups of policymakers are pursuing a justice reinvestment strategy, including Texas, Kansas, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Nevada, and Arizona. These materials summarize the projected growth of the states’ prison populations, identify factors driving that growth, and provide maps illustrating how state expenditures overlap and may be concentrated in a handful of neighborhoods.

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative receives funding support through the Public Safety Performance Project, an operating project of the Pew Charitable Trusts; the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); and the Open Society Institute.



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