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Justice Reinvestment: "Motherhood and Apple Pie?" Matching Ambition to Capacity and Capability

Wong, K and Christmann, K (2016) Justice Reinvestment: "Motherhood and Apple Pie?" Matching Ambition to Capacity and Capability. Federal Sentencing Reporter, 29 (1). pp. 58-67. ISSN 1053-9867


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This paper compares the implementation of Justice Reinvestment (JR) across the United Kingdom (UK.) and the United States (US) to answer a fundamental overarching question: what capacity and capability is required to effectively implement JR? Being able to implement JR effectively is critical to demonstrating that it can work in the UK. as well as in any other jurisdiction. In particular, this requires matching the ambition and scale of any proposed JR initiative to the capacity and capability of the commissioners and those tasked with delivering it. It is doubly curious then that this test is seldom applied, whether for JR initiatives, or indeed any criminal justice intervention. This paper will propose a standard framework to guide the commissioning and implementation of future JR initiatives. In doing so it aims to enable effectiveness comparisons to be made within and across different jurisdictions, one which is capable of building a more comprehensive international evidence base for JR programmes.

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