U.S. versus World • U.S. represents 5% of the world’s population • U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners.
Franklin County Criminal Justice Statistics • Courts, Crime, and Corrections uses 82¢ of every Franklin County Real Estate tax dollar • Over $35 million in taxes collected in 2017 • Jail uses 32¢ of every $1 • Jail costs $71 per day per inmate • Franklin County - 2.3% of the population is involved through incarceration, court involvement, or probation • United States - 3.2% of the population is incarcerated
PA 2015 Costs of Education Vs Prison • $17,774 per public school student • $42,727 per state prison inmate • 2.4 times more money spend on incarceration
Assessments • Level of Service Inventory – Revised (LSI-R) • Risk And Need Triage (RANT) • Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS)
Needs of Transitioning Citizens • Housing -Lack of a home plan is the number one reason for not leaving the jail at the minimum release date.
Needs of Transitioning Citizens • March 2018 - An average of 60 people per day leave the jail to go to work.
Needs of Transitioning Citizens • Transportation – • #1 Barrier - No public transportation. • One agency is currently providing inmates with rides to work for a nominal fee.
Needs of Transitioning Citizens • Mental Health Treatment – Up to 80% have a mental health diagnosis that is less serious such as generalized anxiety or depression.
Needs of Transitioning Citizens • Substance Abuse Services – It is estimated that 65% of the jail population has a problem with a substance whether it is alcohol, illegal or prescription drug abuse.
Coalition Task Forces • The Great Barrier Relief • Resolving issues that impact successful reintegration into the community. • Areas of concern: education, employment, housing, transportation, women’s issues, family reunification, mentoring, and physical and mental heath • 2018 Goal - Peer Mentoring Group
Coalition Task Forces • Case Review • Complex inmate cases reviewed to problem-solve reentry issues such as lack of home plan.
Coalition Task Forces • Outreach • Educating the community on reentry issues • Reentry Simulation • Reentry Month Activities • Speaking to civic groups • Healing Communities Work Group • Focus on Faith community
April Reentry Month • Commissioners Proclamation – Tue, April 10, 2018 • Roundtable Presentation: Wed, April 11, 2018 • Reentry Simulation, Human Service Training Days – Wed, April 18, 2018 • Life On Parole, Community Film Night – Thu, April 26, 2018, 5:30pm @ Capital Theatre Center • Comfort Kitchen – Fri, April 27, 2018, 5:00-8:00pm @ Salem United Brethren Church • Re-entry Week Litany – Shared with Congregations through Healing Communities • Franklin Together Reentry Coalition – Thu, May 3, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm @ Administrative Annex Building
Call for Action You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear. Father Greg Boyle
Learn More • 13th – Documentary (Currently on Netflix) • Tattoos on the Heart – Book by Father Gregory Boyle • Just Mercy – Book by Bryan Stevenson • “Each of us is more than the worst thing we have ever done.” • “The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” • Grace goes to Prison – Book by Melanie G. Snyder
What can I do? • Come to a coalition meeting • Join a Task Force • Apartment owners - learn about renting to returning citizens • Business owners or HR directors – consider employing individuals with a criminal record • Encourage your faith organization to be part of Healing Communities • Donate to the coalition or a coalition partner
Interested??? • Email or call • Kim Eaton, Franklin Together Co-chair • email@example.com • 717-263-0450 • Alaina Ingels, Franklin Together Coordinator • Aingels@sccap.org • 717-263-5060
Reference Bourgon, G., & Armstrong, B. (2005). Transferring the principles of effective treatment into a "real world" prison setting. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 32: 3– 25.