A governor’s commitment to remaking the state’s criminal justice system creates the mandate necessary for transformational change. To be enduring, reform efforts must bolster the state administering agency’s (SAA) capacity to use data to inform policy and promote wider adoption of evidence-based programming.
The National Criminal Justice Association, through its Center for Justice Planning (NCJP), and National Governors Association (NGA), through its Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) have launched an initiative to support sustainable system-wide criminal justice reform called the National Criminal Justice Reform Project (NCJRP).
Funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the NCJRP will support planning and implementation of data-driven, evidence-based reform focused on one or more areas of state policy and practice, including pretrial reform, re-entry and offender recidivism, mental health and substance abuse, reducing incarceration and information sharing and integration of evidence-based practices across the justice system.
On May 24, 2016 NCJP and NGA staff hosted a webinar for state criminal justice agencies and governors criminal justice policy advisors announcing the project. Listen to the webcast and download the slides.
State Strategic Planning and Leadership Summit
Twenty state leadership teams were selected to participate in a two-day State State Strategic Planning and Leadership Summit, held October 17-19 in Denver, Colorado. Learn more.