Criminal Justice

Area Research Criminal Justice

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

Displaying 6 projects
Project Name Project Stage Partner Name
Brief Jail Mental Health Screening and Outreach Program In Progress Johnson County, Johnson County Mental Health Center
Homelessness Prevention Call Center - Crime Completed All Chicago, Catholic Charities Chicago, Chicago Police Department
Permanent Supportive Housing for Re-Entry In Progress Corporation for Supportive Housing, Franklin County Office of Justice Programs and Policies, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health
Reading For Life Completed St Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center
Reading for Life - Replication In Progress Clark County Juvenile Court, Madison County Juvenile Court
Transit Subsidy - Court Appearance In Progress King County Department of Public Defense, King County Metro