Don’t miss a chance to dip into this latest release from the
Vera Institute: Reallocating JusticeResources: A Review of 2011 StateSentencing Trends. It reviews reforms in 14 states, prompted by budgetary
concerns but fashioned by policy makers using
a new approach to reform in which bipartisan, multidisciplinary policy groups are using analysis of state population and sentencing data, harnessing the political will emerging from the budget crisis, relying on decades of criminal justice research, and reaching out to key constituencies .... [and] bipartisan stakeholders using evidence-based methods to solve criminal justice problems and save taxpayer dollars. The result is legislation that aims to make more targeted use of incarceration and to invest the cost savings into community programs geared toward reducing recidivism and victimization.