Data Driven Reinvestment Decisions

Data-Driven Decisionmaking for Strategic Justice Reinvestment


Urban Institute


Allison Dwyer, S. Rebecca Neusteter, & Pamela Lachman

Justice reinvestment aims to make more efficient use of criminal justice resources while maintaining public safety. The local justice reinvestment process involves identifying drivers of criminal justice system costs, targeting alternative allocations of resources to reduce those costs, and reinvesting the savings in areas that will contribute to increased public safety. Counties across the country are grappling with burgeoning criminal justice populations and dramatic increases in related costs. Implementing justice reinvestment enables local jurisdictions to generate better and more sustainable results from ever scarcer resources.

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