A bipartisan, interbranch work group developed policies to improve sentencing, supervision and treatment options for offenders. The 2011 Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA) expands felony drug diversion, requires supervision of all felony offenders released from prison, allows short jail stays to be used for violations of community supervision, and focuses supervision and treatment resources on offenders who present the highest risks and needs. The budget act that same year included closure of four prisons. A 2014 report of the Sentencing Policy and Advisory Commission found that the average prison population declined by 6 percent from December 2011 to December 2013. The decline is due in part to a 50 percent drop in probation revocations to prison.
HB 642 (2011) The Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011 (JRA)
HB 335 (2011)
HB 200 (2011)
HB 950 (2012)
HB 361 (2013)
SB 402 (2013)
HB 97 (2015)
HB 97 (2016)
HB 253 (2016)
Summaries of legislation can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.