Outcomes for individuals who enter and exit the criminal justice system typically include high rates of unemployment, poverty, and food and housing instability.
However, individuals who made more than $10 an hour after release from prison were half as likely to re-enter prison than those who made less than $7 an hour, and furthermore, those who found a job two months after release were more likely to avoid recidivism in the first 8-12 months after release.
LEO works with providers both on the entry and exit side of this system - programs that aim to divert low-risk offenders as well as programs that focus on productive re-entry.
Featured projects include Reading for Life, a youth justice program that diverts young non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system with an innovative program where juveniles study works of literature in small groups led by trained volunteer mentors.
Criminal Justice Projects
|Project Name||Project Stage||Partner Name|
|Homelessness Prevention Call Center - Crime||In Progress||All Chicago, Catholic Charities Chicago|
|Reading For Life||Completed||Reading For Life, Inc., St Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center|
|Reading for Life Replication||Developing||Reading For Life, Inc.|