Resolution in Support of Justice Reinvestment
WHEREAS, justice reinvestment is a data-driven strategy for policy-makers to lower corrections spending, lower recidivism, and improve public safety for citizens; and
WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council is committed to developing effective criminal justice policies that create safe communities for citizens as well as strong state budgets; and
WHEREAS, state spending on corrections has grown faster than almost any other budget item over the past 20 years, reaching nearly $52 billion dollars; and
WHEREAS, reinvestment policies work by saving money through criminal justice reforms, and reinvesting a portion of those funds into targeted services that reduce recidivism and prevent prison growth; and
WHEREAS, the fastest growing source for prison admissions is people already under correctional control; and
WHEREAS, justice reinvestment has yielded striking successes in Connecticut, Kansas, and Texas, while several other states are working to gather initial data; and
WHEREAS, justice reinvestment has been proven to lower serious crime rates, decrease the prison population, and ultimately save states millions in correctional spending;
Therefore Be It Resolved that [insert state here] supports justice reinvestment policies, and urges policy-makers throughout the nation to implement this proven strategy.
Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on September 20, 2010.
Reapproved by the ALEC Board of Directors on July 1, 2014.