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Justice Reinvestment Roundup

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JRI State Updates

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Oregon Justice Reinvestment Legislation Creates Grant Program to Help People with Behavioral Health Needs

On July 15, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 973 into law, passing Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment legislation that is expected to reduce jail bookings and hospital emergency department visits 20 percent in the next five years through the creation of IMPACTS (Improving People’s Access to Community-Based Treatment, Supports, and Services), a state-run grant program to help counties and tribal nations build up community-based supports and services to aid people who frequently cycle through the state’s jails, courts, and hospitals.
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Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

This pilot program stems from policy recommendations made during the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015. As a result of this initiative, Massachusetts invested more than $1 million in providing specialized treatment services to people who have substance addictions, mental illnesses, or co-occurring disorders and are at a high risk of reoffending. To develop the pilot, law enforcement partnered with the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

From Our Partners

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This brief, from The Pew Charitable Trusts, highlights policies states have enacted through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that have reduced revocations to prison for technical violations of probation and parole conditions. These policies include using positive incentives, administrative responses, and supervision approaches that emphasize behavioral change and limiting prison time for technical violations. The brief examines each of these four policy solutions and provides state case studies that show how the policies have helped reduce revocations to prison.

In the News

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[OPINION] As Candidates Search for Criminal Justice Talking Points, Parole and Probation Reform Should Top List

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