One thought on “‘Justice Reinvestment’ — Progress and Barriers

  1. “These experiences show that success is not guaranteed even when key stakeholders in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches unite and commit to engage in justice reinvestment.”

    This whole thing is part of the old reform paradigm. First of all, why the urgent need to divert more cases from prison to the community when community supervision is the largest component of corrections (up to 85% in some states).

    The vast majority of those community supervision cases are on probation (about 4 million out of a total corrections population of about 7 million). Regular probation costs almost nothing compared to incarceration. Spending more on cases that would have likely been diverted to probation in the absence of these reform policies, will actually INCREASE rather than decrease costs.

    Finally, in the listing of critical stakeholders the three branches of government are listed while the most important one of all, the community or communities and taxpaying citizens, are noticeably absent.

    The new paradigm of transforming rather than reforming the system, works with and for the community to solve problems at the neighborhood level. It seems reformers don’t have a clue about the revolutionary changes in criminal justice over the past 20+ years.

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