CARSON CITY, Nevada — Governor Brian Sandoval announced in August 2018 the launch of an extensive review of the Nevada’s criminal justice system in an effort to develop comprehensive and data-driven sentencing, release, and corrections policies. By kicking off the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, state leaders will develop policy recommendations to improve public safety outcomes, reduce recidivism and control corrections costs with assistance from the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI).

Nevada has the third-highest violent crime rate in the country, with the highest robbery rate and seventh-highest homicide rate. At the same time, the state is experience severe shortages in mental health care providers and the opioid epidemic continues to fuel a public health crisis. Additionally, Nevada’s prison population is growing, with a 20 percent increase in the state’s prison budget since 2012. All the while this growth in the prison population and corrections costs has not resulted in improved outcomes, as recidivism rates remain high. Nearly 30 percent of Nevada prison discharges fail in the community within three years of release.

At the invitation of Nevada state leaders, the CJI team will provide technical assistance to the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice as it reviews Nevada’s criminal justice system, helping the state to develop a set of evidence-based and fiscally sound reforms to better protect public safety, holds offenders accountable, and contain corrections costs.

More Resources:

Click here to read the press release from the governor’s office.

Click here to download CJI’s Aug. 2 introductory presentation to Nevada leaders.

Click here to read coverage in the Nevada Independent.

Click here to download the Sept. 12 data presentation to the ACAJ on prison population drivers.

Click here to read a one-page summary of the Sept. 12 drivers presentation.

Click here to download the Oct. 10 data presentation to the ACAJ on prison population drivers.

Click here to download the Nov. 8 data presentation to the ACAJ on prison population drivers.

Click here to read a one-page summary of the Nov. 8 drivers presentation.

Click here for the ACAJ’s final recommendation report.

Click here for the ACAJ’s Jan. 11 press release on the recommendations report release.