Category Archive: publication

Jun 14

North Dakota’s Justice Reinvestment Approach: Investing in Community-Based Behavioral Health Services Instead of Prisons

In North Dakota, a justice reinvestment approach resulted in sweeping changes to improve community-based treatment for people in the criminal justice system and to increase the number of treatment providers to serve this population. The state will also prioritize prison bed space for people convicted of the most serious offenses by utilizing probation and limiting …

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Jun 12

RAQI: Risk Assessment Quality Improvement Checklist

The Risk Assessment Quality Improvement (RAQI) checklist was developed by the CSG Justice Center to help state and local corrections agencies, community supervision agencies, and treatment/programming providers analyze how well their risk and needs assessment tool is working. The checklist helps identify potential problems with assessment tools quickly and efficiently. State agencies can then use this …

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Jun 06

Montana’s Justice Reinvestment Approach: Curbing State Prison Population Growth and Reinvesting in Local Public Safety Strategies

In Montana, a justice reinvestment approach produced a comprehensive package of legislation that will reserve prison space for people who pose the greatest risk to public safety, alleviate jail overcrowding, and help ensure communities are safer. Included in the legislation are policies to create a professional parole board, develop new pretrial service programs, create or …

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May 11

Arkansas’s Justice Reinvestment Approach: Enhancing Local Mental Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

After using a justice reinvestment approach, Arkansas passed legislation that creates local crisis stabilization units that will allow people with mental illnesses who commit low-level offenses to receive treatment in the community rather than go to prison. Trained law enforcement officers will be able to divert people into these units, alleviating the jail backlog and …

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