American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Guide to Advancing Justice-Related Goals

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This guide outlines need-to-know information about how state and local leaders can leverage American Rescue Plan funding to advance eight key criminal justice priorities.

In March 2021, Congress passed a $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill aimed at combating the devastating economic and public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan offers an unprecedented opportunity to invest in more effective and less costly approaches to public health and safety. Specifically, states and local communities can leverage American Rescue Plan resources to spur long-term, system-wide improvements—including strategies to reduce justice involvement, connect people to community-based services, and put people on a pathway to success.

While every jurisdiction has its own unique needs and challenges, American Rescue Plan funding can help create and scale programs that will ultimately make communities safer, healthier, and more equitable.