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NCJ Number: 248953 Find in a Library
Title: Alabama's Justice Reinvestment Approach: Reducing Prison Overcrowding and Strengthening Community-Based Supervision
Corporate Author: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: May 2015
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
New York, NY 10005
Pew Charitable Trust
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Grant Number: 2013-ZB-BX-K002
Sale Source: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
100 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews how Alabama is addressing its prison overcrowding and high probation and parole caseloads by enacting Senate Bill 67 in May 2015, which is intended to strengthen community-based supervision and treatment, prioritize prison space for violent and dangerous offenders, and ensure supervision for all persons released from prison.
Abstract: This reform effort has been launched under the rubric of “justice reinvestment,” which refers to a data-driven approach intended to reduce corrections spending and reinvest the saving in strategies that have been proven to reduce recidivism. The implementation of the reform legislation has the goal of reducing Alabama’s prison population by 16 percent (4,243 people) by fiscal year 2021; and during this same period, reduce prison construction and operations costs by $380 million; reinvest $152 million in supervision, treatment, and support for crime victims; and increase by 3,000 the number of people supervised upon release from prison. In designing and implementing this justice reinvestment strategy, Alabama’s reform leaders have received intensive technical assistance from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trust, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This support continues as Alabama’s leaders implement the legislation and assess the impact of the reform policies. The reform legislative provisions are outlined. 1 figure and 10 notes
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Alabama; Alternatives to Incarceration; BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Offender supervision; Prison overcrowding; Sentencing reform; State laws
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