New Criminal Justice Report: Ending Mass Incarceration

By The Sentencing Project |  April 30, 2013

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share with you a new report, Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting a New Justice Reinvestment, that traces the history and examines the impact of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).  Justice Reinvestment was conceived as part of the solution to mass incarceration.  The intent was to reduce corrections populations and budgets, thereby generating savings for reinvestment in high incarceration communities to make them safer, stronger, more prosperous, and equitable.

The report that Nicole Porter and I have co-authored with colleagues in the field concludes that while JRI has played a significant role in opening space for criminal justice reform, it has not produced significant reductions in the correctional populations of most of the states in which it has worked.  Our report provides an assessment of why we believe this has been the case, and how we think the original mission of Justice Reinvestment can be achieved moving forward. In order to achieve the goals of reducing corrections populations and investing in local communities, the authors recommend Justice Reinvestment approaches that would:

  • Reduce all forms of incarceration and correctional supervision (probation/parole), 
  • Reinvest in high incarceration communities, 
  • Involve stakeholders and non-governmental entities at the state and local levels throughout the planning, legislative, implementation and reinvestment process, and 
  • Create a multi-year plan and course for implementation and evaluation beyond short-term legislative or policy fixes
We hope you find Ending Mass Incarceration: Charting a New Justice Reinvestment useful in your work, and we would welcome hearing any comments you may have regarding these issues.