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WASHINGTON—As states work to adopt systems that effectively share correctional information, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee—to receive a grant to participate in the Cross Boundary Corrections Information Exchange Policy Academy.

In the last decade, state policymakers have enacted corrections reforms aimed at reducing offender recidivism, lowering corrections costs and improving safety. However, those reforms may not have their potential effect if states do not have effective systems in place for exchanging accurate and timely criminal justice information. The most successful reforms have been those that adopted an integrated cross-boundary approach to sharing information.

This policy academy will provide selected states a unique opportunity to improve their capabilities to share information in support of corrections reform, offender reentry and public safety. Selected states will also develop a strategic plan for improving their capabilities to share correctional information.

“Successful implementation will result in enhanced policies that promote public safety through improved reentry outcomes,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “I am grateful for an opportunity to learn new ways to keep our citizens safe.”

An NGA policy academy is a highly interactive, team-based, multi-state process in which a number of states develop and implement an action plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, research organizations and academia.

This project is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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