David Guice, the state’s commissioner of juvenile justice and adult correction, testified in a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday about the successes of North Carolina’s Justice Reinvestment Act.
Guice and other experts addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of mental health and the justice system. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, joined Guice in praising this state’s program that focuses on keeping offenders out of jail by treating and supervising them on the outside. Recidivism and prisoner rates have declined in North Carolina.
“I’m not here to throw partisan elbows today,” Tillis said. “We’ve got a serious problem and we need to fix it. We need to get out of this discussion that it’s just about more money, because it’s not just about money. It’s about fundamentally changing the way we address this problem and freeing up money that is being spent for the wrong purposes. We did that in North Carolina with the Justice Reinvestment Act.”