Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)

“I have asked for a full review of our current system to develop a plan to reduce recidivism, maximize offenders success in becoming law-abiding citizens, and provide judges with the tools they need to accomplish these goals. The prison gates through which people re-enter society must be a permanent exit, and not just a revolving door.” Governor Gary R. Herbert

About JRI

The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) analyzed state corrections and criminal justice data and developed a comprehensive set of evidence-based policy recommendations to reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable, and control the state’s prison growth. When fully implemented, the recommendations are projected to reduce prison growth by 2,551 inmates over the next 20 years and thereby avert $542 million in corrections spending.

CCJJ recommends that a portion of the savings from averted prison costs be reinvested into expanding treatment options, strengthening community supervision, improving reentry services, and reducing burdens on local jurisdictions. With over 95 percent of offenders returning to our communities after serving time in prison or jail, JRI focuses on changing criminal behavior and improving public safety.

JRI Goals for Recidivism Reduction

  • Focus prison beds on serious and violent offenders
  • Strengthen probation and parole supervision
  • Improve and expand re-entry and treatment services
  • Match resources to offender's needs
  • Support local corrections systems
  • Ensure oversight and accountability

Long-Term Solutions

JRI is an approach that develops long-term solutions to a public safety problem plaguing our society – and the resulting policies will have a lasting impact. While other states have seen significant benefits from data driven and evidence-based criminal justice reforms, it will take time to see the full impact they’ll have in Utah.

Reports and Recommendations

2017 JRI Annual Report

2014 JRI Report & Recommendations

JRI Partner Agencies

Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Utah Department of Corrections
Board of Pardons and Parole


Our agency hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

State Capitol Complex
Senate Building Suite 330
PO Box 142330
SLC UT 84114-2330
Office: 801-538-1031
Fax: 801-538-1024