We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Justice Reinvestment?

By Jan Fletcher
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Justice reinvestment is an approach to lessening the negative impacts of crime in a community through investment in human capital. This approach is in contrast to investing in infrastructure to contain criminal behavior. It is a method in which scientists gather and analyze empirical data, and then make recommendations to re-formulate existing measures to decrease crime. When a justice reinvestment program gets underway in a community, newly devised initiatives may subsequently be targeted less to incarceration and traditional punitive measures. In contrast, the emphasis is usually on addressing the underlying causes of criminal behavior.

Traditional approaches to community management of criminal behavior typically involve enacting punitive measures for offenders. These may include incarceration, assignments to public work crews, or placing an offender on probation. This last approach usually involves a probation officer supervising the offender through a series of scheduled in-person visits over a period of time.

These measures usually necessitate erecting and managing infrastructure, such as jails and prisons. In contrast, justice reinvestment programs are focused less on enacting punishment as a moral imperative and more on rehabilitating offenders through investments in education, counseling and other social support systems. Typically, the operating viewpoint in justice reinvestment programs is to decrease the cost of crime to society through acquiring and applying scientifically gathered data.

In this approach, the political pressures that occur within a judicial system to punish an offender may be addressed through presenting proof of the actual efficacy of a particular crime-reduction initiative. The findings may be subsequently applied to changing crime-management methods. Often, the stated goal is to invest more pragmatically in human capital, through rehabilitating offenders. Advocates for this approach typically believe it will lessen the overall burden to society caused by criminal behavior.

Justice reinvestment programs generally operate on a pragmatic basis. This approach has similar goals held in common with traditional crime management methods, such as a more peaceful society that is not shackled by overriding fears of crime. This approach differs, however, in that measures undertaken to prevent and reduce crime are based more on scientifically-derived empirical evidence, and less on public opinion.

Traditional approaches to criminal behavior in a community have often been driven in part by grieving relatives, who want to see justice served. Criminal behavior frequently evokes strong emotions like fear and grief in those who have been victimized or fear becoming victims of criminals. As a result, it is common for politicians to affect crime reduction strategies, as they are confronted by the results of crime among their constituents. Pragmatism may be difficult to achieve in these circumstances. Justice reinvestment is thought by some to offer a logical, evidence-based framework that seeks to reduce the human toll of criminal activity, while compensating victims and providing a safer environment for citizens.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.