Building capacity to provide community-based services is an important public safety strategy that states can advance through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), according to a new report by the Urban Institute.
The report explores strategies in 10 states to strengthen community-based services, such as behavioral health treatment, victim services, and reentry support, as part of their efforts to address public safety challenges and reduce involvement in the justice system through JRI.
Urban’s review includes six states in which the Crime and Justice Institute provided technical assistance during the JRI process: Alaska, Louisiana, Maryland, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah.
The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Pew Charitable Trusts. CJI has partnered with Pew and BJA to provide technical assistance to 14 states as part of the JRI process.