Every law enforcement agency faces a unique combination of public safety challenges, such as addressing rising violent crime rates and serving as first responders to people experiencing a mental health crisis or overdose. To respond effectively, law enforcement agencies need to collect, analyze, and utilize data in actionable ways that support strategies to prevent crime and apprehend people who commit crimes. They also need access to the latest research on evidence-based policing practices and the training to implement them.
One way states have helped law enforcement agencies tackle these challenges is through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
This joint report from the Crime and Justice Institute and the Council of State Governments summarizes how eight states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania — have used JRI to help address law enforcement challenges.