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Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment Initiative

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a data-driven, system-wide effort to reduce criminal justice spending and to re-invest the resulting savings in strategies that yield greater cost-benefit outcomes for community safety.

Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), selection for participation in Justice Reinvestment is competitive and consists of two phases. The first focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the local criminal justice system through data analysis and forming strategies which may reduce costs. Communities selected for Phase II are eligible for federal funding and technical assistance to implement and evaluate their strategies. 

In April 2011, Mecklenburg County was one of seven jurisdictions selected nationally to participate as a Phase I site. In March 2013, following a year-long strategic planning effort, the Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Advisory Group (CJAG) identified alternative strategies in four policy areas that promise to improve public safety and the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process. 

As Phase II begins, the CJAG is forming leadership groups to oversee strategy implementation and preparing the application for BJA assistance. The table below contains links to documents developed in the course of the strategic planning effort. A summary of the Phase I process can be found here.


Supporting Documents

Document  Description 
Criminal Justice System Map  Illustrates the adjudication process for felony and misdemeanor cases. 
Jail Population Drivers 2008 - 2011 Analysis of all arrests processed 2008 - 2011. 
Analysis of Citizen-Initiated Complaints  Outcome analysis of warrants initiated by citizens at the magistrate window in July 2011. 
Analysis of Summonses Outcome analysis of summonses issued July 2011. 
Analysis of Frequent Users  Summarizes characteristics of the most frequently arrested offenders (Top 1 percent) 2008 - 2011. 
Recidivism Rates Among NC Prison Releases  Examines the post-release outcomes of offenders released to Mecklenburg County from NC prisons 2008 - 2011. 
Jail Population Snapshot  Summarizes the characteristics of inmates housed in the Mecklenburg County Jail on October 16, 2012. 
Bail Policy Review​  Examines the distribution of bonds set at initial and first appearance hearings conducted during 2011. 
Recidivism Analysis of Sample of NC DOC Prisoners Released  Extends the analysis of recidivism among prisoners released to Mecklenburg County from NC prisons.  Examines a sub-sample of the previous analysis.   
Cost Models  Details current criminal justice expenditures and projects potential cost savings/avoidance for the most frequently processed charges and users. 
Summary of Phase I Data Analysis Efforts  Summarizes the data collection methods and findings for Phase I.
   
   



























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