• Description

Over the past decade, 35 states have participated in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) and signed up to reduce correctional populations and budgets and reinvest in other public safety solutions. This issue brief outlines three core components of the infrastructure that cities should establish for reinvesting in communities: a dedicated civilian office of public safety within the jurisdiction's government structure; a regularized and in-depth process through which community leaders and representatives can participate in developing the jurisdiction's public safety agenda and priorities; and a budgetary mechanism that gives the community direct control over the redirected investments.