Justice Reinvestment Act - The Legislation

Justice Reinvestment bill signingNorth 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
In its report "Justice Reinvestment in North Carolina: Three Years Later" the Council of State Governments Justice Center highlights these accomplishments. An accompanying infographic gives a good visual picture of the success story.

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.   
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