The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice sponsors the H.F. Guggenheim Annual Symposium on Crime in America, a who’s who of crime-policy researchers and practitioners and the journalists who cover criminal justice.
At this year’s symposium, I am moderating a panel on sentencing policy, specifically justice reinvestment — various efforts around the country to scale back incarceration and use the savings to prevent crime.
During the panel, I will point people to this post for links to resources on these policies and programs:
- Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance resources on Justice Reinvestment Initiative
- Pew Charitable Trust’s Public Safety Performance Project
- Council of State Governments Justice Center
- National Conference of State Legislatures’ database of state sentencing and prison legislation and justice reinvestment resources
- National Criminal Justice Reform Project of the National Criminal Justice Association, the National Governors Association, and the Arnold Foundation
- Pew report (December 2016) on Alaska reforms
- The Crime Report story (December 2016) on a new Urban Institute report assessing justice reinvestment. That report included this state data tracker detailing reforms state by state.
- Sentencing Project report (January 2017) summarizing state reforms in 2016
- Sentencing Project report (November 2015) on reform in New York, California, and New Jersey
- Bureau of Justice Statistics report (December 2016) on total incarceration trends
- National Research Council study (2014) on mass incarceration
Among the critics of the justice-reinvestment approach, one of the most trenchant can be found in Marie Gottschalk’s book Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics.