Winds of change in criminal justice aren’t completely leaving liberal states behind. Washington is also showing interest in Justice Reinvestment. This movement was begun by the Council of State Governments and was predominately adopted by conservative states.
This strategy will help overcrowding – currently a problem for Washington – by using inexpensive evidence-based programs that divert low-risk offenders from burdensome and damaging prisons. It will also address the increase that Washington has seen in offenses, particularly worrisome as most other states are experiencing lower crime rates.
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