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Examination of Justice Reinvestment and Its Impact on Two States - Panel at the 2010 NIJ Conference

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June 2010
6 pages
This is the audio and transcript of four presentations at the 2010 NIJ Conference that address two States' (Michigan and New Hampshire) implementation of justice reinvestment projects, which aim to adjust corrections policies, practices, and budgets to reflect funding for programs that have proven to be cost-effective based on objective evaluations.
Jake Horowitz - project manager of the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States - discusses the Pew project's work with States to reform sentencing and corrections policies in establishing programs and practices that have proven their effectiveness in achieving stated public safety goals. A second presenter, Anne Rice - Associate Attorney General of the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General - discusses the background for her State's deciding to engage the Pew Center and the Council of State Governments in a partnership to achieve justice reinvestment in that State. This involved reducing prison populations by expanding the use of community-based sentences that employ cost-effective programs with proven success. A third presenter, John Lazet - Chief of Staff of the Office of Michigan State Senator Alan Cropsey - discusses what was happening in the corrections system in his State prior to a focused effort to engage in cost-effective policies and practices that would reduce the prison population while improving recidivism outcomes from community-based corrections programs. A fourth presenter, Marshall Clement - , project director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center - discusses his organization's partnership activities with Michigan and New Hampshire in providing guidance to State leaders in instituting justice reinvestment strategies.

Date Published: June 1, 2010