Hooray for NC and Boo for Hawai`i on Justice Reinvestment

Hooray for NC and Boo for Hawai`i. Our Justice Reinvestment law was enacted in 2012 and there is not one single community based program slot, despite THE $1 million that was set aside for community-based programs in 2012. The department of public safety has devised a slew of excuses for not doing what needs to be done. We need real action and not people reciting their excuses. We need to ensure that this is not another missed opportunity for Hawai`i. Very disappointing.

North Carolina Reaping the Benefits of Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011
Justice Center Council of State Governments, Nov. 13, 2014

Excerpt:

“RALEIGH, N.C.—Three years after enacting comprehensive reforms to its criminal justice system, North Carolina is showing significant signs of success from its data-driven, “justice reinvestment” approach, according to a report released today by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.

Passed in 2011, the Justice Reinvestment Act prompted dramatic changes through an approach designed to reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings in strategies that can reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

According to the report:

  • NC prison population has dropped by 8% since 2011 and is 11% lower than it was projected to be if the state had taken no action.
  • NC has closed 10 correctional facilities in last 3 years, contributing to $560 million in projected savings and averted costs by 2017.
  • NC has seen its probation revocations drop by 50% since 2011 enactment of#justicereinvestmentact.

During the same period, the state’s crime rate fell by 11 percent.”

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