In 2015, the General Assembly created the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, charged with developing a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies that reduce the prison population and prison spending. The Justice Reinvestment Act was adopted into law in mid-2016. The law restructures sentences for low-level property and drug offenders and requires evidence-based practices and risk assessments for community supervision. The law also puts in place oversight and performance measurement requirements. A performance incentive grant fund was established to make use of any future savings that result from the act.
SB 602 (2015)
SB 1005 (2016) Justice Reinvestment Act
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.