Justice Reinvestment Act Analysis

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The Justice Reinvestment Act implemented major changes to the law of sentencing and corrections. “The biggest change since the Structured Sentencing Act (Markham).” The Structured Sentencing Act was somewhat of a precursor for the JRA. This act gave judges a set of standards to follow when sentencing a criminal, with clear guidelines for judges to follow. While also looking after public interest. The Justice Reinvestment Act was a national project, mainly designed to reduce state spending on corrections and apply those savings to community programs that decrease crime and strengthen communities. The Council of State Governments Justice Center, or CSG, headed the project and conducted a study of North Carolina’s criminal justice system to identify

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