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.
Accomplishments at the five-year point since passage are highlighted in Justice Reinvestment Performance Measures - March 2016.The Council of State Governments noted accomplishments at the three-year mark in its report "Justice Reinvestment in North Carolina: Three Years Later". 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.
- 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