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JUSTICE REINVESTMENT

News signMore than 20 states have enacted sentencing and corrections reforms using a justice reinvestment process. Learn about these efforts with the new 50-state map.

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SENTENCING AND CORRECTIONS DATABASE

NCSL has partnered with the Public Safety Performance Project of the The Pew Charitable Trusts to report significant state sentencing and corrections legislation in this database.

Use this database to search recently enacted legislation by state, topic, keyword, year or primary sponsor.

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OVERVIEW | CORRECTIONS AND SENTENCING

State legislatures have an important role in enacting sentencing and corrections policies that manage prison populations and costs, address offender and community needs, and contribute to the safe and fair administration of criminal justice. Prisons are necessary to incapacitate the most serious offenders. But prisons are also expensive, with about $9 out of every $10 spent on corrections going to state prisons. These high and increasingly unsustainable costs of prisons, coupled with the fact that more than four in 10 offenders will be back in prison within three years of release, has prompted many states to rethink how they operate their sentencing and corrections systems.

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  • Justice Reinvestment | State Resources

    Justice Reinvestment is a process used by a growing number of states. Use this map to learn more about significant sentencing and corrections legislation. View additional resources.

  • Managing Corrections Costs Report

    Read NCSL's report about how states are managing corrections costs and enacting policy changes that make more effective use of corrections dollars.

  • Webinar: Recidivism Reduction and Justice Reinvestment

    Successful corrections and sentencing policies result in recidivism reduction and cost savings. Learn how recidivism is defined and measured, and how some states have achieved significant drops in recidivism, including “justice reinvestment” approaches. The 60 minute webinar will include findings from the Public Safety Performance Project report State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons; a summary of policy options using a justice reinvestment approach; and state specific exam

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