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Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration (Brennan Center 2013)

  • Organization: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Document Type: Brief/Motion Papers
  • Date Created: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • Submitted: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • Attachment(s): LINK

The Brennan Center for Justice's new proposal, Reforming Funding to Reduce Mass Incarceration, sets out a plan to link federal grant money to modern criminal justice goals - as a tool to promote innovative crime-reduction policies nationwide.

The proposal, dubbed by the authors "Success-Oriented Funding," would recast the federal government's $352 million Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, by changing the measures used to determine success of its grants. It reflects a broader proposed shift in criminal justice programs at all levels of government. The proposal could be implemented without legislation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Success-Oriented Funding would hold grant recipients accountable for what they do with the money they receive. By implementing direct links between funding and proven results, the government can ensure the criminal justice system is achieving goals while not increasing unintended social costs or widening the pipeline to prison.

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