Justice Reinvestment: Promise and Pitfalls

ABSTRACT: Justice Reinvestment is a relatively new concept which involves incarceration and asset mapping of neighbourhoods with high rates of imprisonment and then attempting to build up social infrastructure in those neighbourhoods. Savings in prison expenditure through reduced imprisonment rates and recidivism is then reinvested in these neighbourhoods, further reducing crime and recidivism and increasing community safety. It has been implemented in a number of US states, with support across the political spectrum and particularly from the right.