NCSL Criminal Justice Program Partners

NCSL Criminal Justice Program Partners

Public Safety Performance Project

A partnership of NCSL’s Criminal Justice Program and the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) of The Pew Charitable Trusts is designed to respond to the challenges faced by states as they consider sentencing and corrections policies in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that both manage state spending and protect the public. PSPP was launched in 2006 to help states advance fiscally sound, data-driven policies and practices in sentencing and corrections that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable and control corrections costs. PSPP provides expert, nonpartisan technical assistance to states to help achieve better returns on their public safety investments.

PSPP also produces reports on effective policies and practices that can help decisions makers as they face critical choices in developing strategies to improve the public safety return on taxpayer dollars. Notable resources include:

Key resources produced under the partnership include:

Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

An NCSL partnership project with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice, informs state legislatures on corrections, sentencing, reentry and evidence-based policy initiatives. NCSL’s partnership with BJA has included work on reentry and the federal Second Chance Act of 2007 as well as justice reinvestment.  

BJA, with its national partners, provides technical and financial assistance to states, counties, cities and tribal authorities under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending and reinvest savings in strategies designed to increase public safety.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Department of Justice has developed an online set of tools that provide policymakers with access to information that assists in data-driven policy making. The  Diagnostic Center provides assistance in identifying, assessing, and implementing evidence-based strategies to combat crime and improve public safety at the state, tribal, or local levels. is a resource on effective programs in criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victim services.

Key resources produced under the partnership include:

Public Welfare Foundation

NCSL also has partnered with the Public Welfare Foundation to provide information to state legislatures on issues related to prisoner reentry and policies that affect successful transition into the community, including offender employment opportunities. Public Welfare Foundation’s Criminal Justice program seeks to establish more effective and fairer criminal justice policies and institutions throughout the nation.

Key resources produced under the partnership include:

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

NCSL also has partnered with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to research and provide information to state legislatures on pending and recently enacted state legislation, and state laws on pretrial issues.   The project is part of the Foundation’s strategy to promote lasting, systemic change at the front end of the criminal justice system.  The Foundation is committed to pursuing research and developing tools to ensure the system is effective in protecting the public, minimizing crime, making wise use of public resources, and administering justice fairly and efficiently.
Key resources produced under this partnership include:

Additional Resources

Stay up-to-date with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s funding opportunities.

Resources from the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice include criminal justice statistics related to crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems.

  • Current work includes the Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool that allows users to explore the recidivism patterns of those involved with the criminal justice system.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. Current projects include:

  • The Justice Reinvestment Initiative provides technical assistance to states to implement justice reinvestment strategies and produce publications on the work being done in those states.
  • The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training and technical assistance on prison reentry under the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in cooperation with Prison Fellowship that raises awareness of effective criminal justice reforms within the conservative movement. Review the project’s Statement of Principles

Results First is an initiative of the The Pew Chartiable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to help states assess the costs and benefits of policy options, and use that data to make decisions based on results.

The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects and technical assistance to help leaders improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Current projects include:

  • The Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit performs cost-benefit analyses and other cost-related studies, provides assistance to jurisdictions conducting their own studies and carries out research to advance the knowledge of cost-benefit analysis, including the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank.
  • The Center on Sentencing and Corrections works with government leaders to advance criminal justice policies that promote fairness, protect public safety, and ensure that resources are used efficiently, this includes providing technical assistance under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.







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