Success of Governor Corbett’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative Receives National Recognition
D.C. - Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Corbett today, along with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin,
members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, was recognized by the
National Reentry Resource Center for his leadership in the area of criminal
honored to be here today to share the effective work that our criminal justice
officials have done and continue to do,” Corbett said.
today’s event, the National Reentry Resource Center released results of a new
report highlighting new data from a large cross-section of states showing
dramatic reduction in recidivism rates. Pennsylvania, along with seven other
states was highlighted in this report for reduction in the state’s recidivism
Corbett took office in 2011, all state agencies were placed on a tight budget
to reduce the $4.2 billion deficit Pennsylvania faced.
every agency review their operations and spending in an effort to operate more
efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing customer expectation,” Corbett
said. “Our criminal justice system was no exception.”
Corbett took office, his administration inherited a corrections system that was
growing by 1,500 inmates a year, roughly the size of one Pennsylvania prison.
called on all members of the state’s criminal justice system – from legislators
and district attorneys to corrections and parole experts to sentencing judges –
to form a bi-partisan group to review the system and determine how it could be
the Council of State Governments, Pennsylvania embarked upon a six-month
process that involved meetings, offender and crime victim input, data
evaluation and eventually legislation that created the Justice Reinvestment
reinvestment is a data-driven approach that ensures policymaking is based on a
comprehensive analysis of criminal justice data and the latest research about
what works to reduce crime.
“As a result
of the many JRI initiatives, we are seeing a reduction in inmate recidivism and
we are seeing a slowing in the growth rate of our inmate population,” said
Corbett. “These reforms are saving taxpayers’ money, holding offenders
accountable, making our communities safer and building a stronger
Pennsylvania has approximately 200 fewer inmates than when Corbett first took
office. This is significant when compared to the average annual growth rate of
1,500 inmates per year.
To see the
new report from the Council of State Governments, visit their website at www.csg.org
by the Second Chance Act, the National Reentry Resource Center’s (NRRC) mission
is to advance the reentry field by disseminating information to and from
policymakers, practitioners, and researchers and by promoting evidence-based
principles and best practices. The NRRC is administered by the U.S. Department
of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and is a project of the Council of
State Governments Justice Center, in cooperation with the Urban Institute, the
National Association of Counties, the Association of State Correctional
Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, and other key
partner organizations. To learn more about the National Reentry Resource
Center, please visit csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc.
McEvoy, Governor’s Press Office, 717-783-1116
McNaughton, Department of Corrections, 717-728-4025