Category Archives: Justice

How Data-Driven Justice is Changing Lives and Saving Resources

Over 11 million people pass through our country’s 3,100 jails annually, many charged with low-level crimes. This costs roughly $22 billion each year. In county jails, 64% of inmates suffer a mental illness, 68% have an addictive disorder, and 44% have a chronic health condition. A small number of these vulnerable people go through our jails, hospital …

Outputs vs. Outcomes in Victim Services & Other Organizations

Moving From Outputs to Outcomes in Victim Services Organizations It is key to remember that when providing victim services, agencies must be achieving positive outcomes in order to be effective. Services that instinctively or intuitively feel like the right response are not enough. Services must meet needs. Victim services organizations must move away …

Education’s Role in Recidivism

It’s not surprising that inmates who participate in educational programs while incarcerated are much less likely to return to prison. For most people, education’s role in recidivism seems pretty intuitive. We often view education as a key to providing more opportunities for employment and thinking about ourselves and the world in different ways, …

Top 3 Vocational Rehabilitation Strategies

When someone leaves prison, one of the most critical components of reentering their community is finding a job. Vocational rehabilitation can help recently released individuals stay on the right path, and keep out of prison. But on the other hand, avoiding reincarceration can be next to impossible without the financial, social, and emotional stability …

How a Pre-Release Center Makes a Difference

Ninety-five percent of state prison inmates will be released back to their communities at some point in time, according to the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In fact, every year, 636,000 people walk out of prisons and face the daunting task of reintegrating themselves back into our communities. Successful reentry is ultimately measured …

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