Justice and public safety

Justice strategies can reduce the negative effects of incarceration, help individuals returning from incarceration successfully re-enter society, and facilitate community healing after crimes have been committed. Public safety strategies can reduce crime and improve neighborhood well-being. These strategies can improve family stability and neighborhood quality, which create better mobility outcomes at all life stages.

Why are these outcomes important?

Strong and healthy families: A safe and stable home environment creates the foundation for all mobility outcomes. Children who grow up in families with sufficient financial resources, stable housing arrangements, and good physical and mental health are more likely to experience positive economic mobility outcomes at every stage of their lives.

Supportive communities: Neighborhoods influence family well-being, shape social networks, and determine access to economic opportunity. Individuals living in healthy, safe, well-resourced neighborhoods are more likely to experience positive outcomes at every life stage.

High quality employment: A stable job with good pay and benefits is the ultimate marker of upward economic mobility. Individuals who are employed soon after returning from prison are less likely to recidivate, and children of parents with steady jobs are more likely to grow up in a safe, stable environment, leading to better academic and social outcomes throughout their lives.

Which outcome are you hoping to focus on?

Strong and healthy families

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Diversion programs
  • Mentoring, counseling, and case management
  • Re-entry programs

Supportive communities

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Neighborhood safety strategies
  • Re-entry programs
  • Restorative justice programs

High quality employment

Sample evidence-based strategies:

  • Mentoring, counseling, and case management
  • Re-entry programs
  • Transitional jobs

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