Hill Summit to Examine States' Efforts to Reduce Corrections Spending, Crime and Recidivism

Jan 25, 2010, 08:00 ET from Council of State Governments

First National Meeting on "Justice Reinvestment" to be Held January 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has quadrupled to more than $50 billion. It's been the second fastest growing state budget category behind Medicaid -- and 1 out of every 100 adults is now behind bars. Yet recidivism rates remain high. A bipartisan group of congressional and state leaders and experts on criminal justice policy will come together to highlight "justice reinvestment" -- a data-driven, fiscally responsible approach that can increase public safety while reducing recidivism and spending on corrections.

What: The first national meeting on "justice reinvestment" and public safety is a daylong summit that draws on the bipartisan efforts being conducted in more than 10 states. The event will examine how states are changing their crime and corrections policies, and detail how Texas and Kansas have saved hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with justice reinvestment strategies. It also will highlight recently introduced federal legislation that would help states and local jurisdictions implement similar strategies.

Where: Capitol Visitor Center, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

Congressional Auditorium (morning) and Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50 (afternoon)

*Current Hill credentials required.

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 (See full agenda.)

Morning keynote speakers: 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Afternoon sessions: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Who: Featured speakers include (in speaking order):

Congressman Alan B. Mollohan, D-WV

Congressman Frank Wolf, R-VA

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI

Congressman Adam Schiff, D-CA

Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice (by videotaped message)

Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Mark Earley, President, Prison Fellowship

Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Alabama

Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, Chair, Corrections Committee, New York State Assembly

and leaders from state government, courts, corrections, law enforcement, and community reentry

For a full list of speakers and times, please see full agenda.

The summit is being convened by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Pew Center on the States, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Public Welfare Foundation.

SOURCE Council of State Governments