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|
|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|