Justice Reinvestment Act - The Legislation
North Carolina's Justice Reinvestment Act represents the most significant change to the state's criminal sentencing laws since the Structured Sentencing Act was implemented in 1994. It is a data-driven bipartisan approach to criminal justice policy.
North Carolina has shown remarkable progress since the legislation was signed in 2011. Among other accomplishments:
- The prison population has declined by more than 3,000 inmates
- Ten state prisons have closed
- Probation revocations are down dramatically
- All felons released from prison are receiving 9 or 12 months of supervision
- Hired 175 new probation officers
Ratified by the NC General Assembly and signed by Governor Bev Perdue in June 2011, the Justice Reinvestment Act is codified as House Bill 642 / Session Law 2011-192. Subsequent changes and technical corrections to the bill were made in House Bill 335.
- The Justice Reinvestment Act: An Overview - UNC School of Government Criminal Law blog
- Justice Reinvestment Resource Page - UNC School of Government
- Felony Sentencing grid - effective for crimes on or after Dec. 1, 2011
- Citizen's Guide to Structured Sentencing - 2012 edition
- Legislation summary from July 2011 edition of Correction News