Use programming and treatment that works to reduce recidivism.
- Assess the range of current treatment and programs and their capacity to address the needs of people who are incarcerated and on supervision.
- Prioritize programs for people who are most likely to reoffend and who have the greatest needs.
- Require that programs use practices based on the latest research on what works to reduce recidivism.
- Require quality assurance practices and include observations of program delivery as part of regular evaluations to assess program quality.
- Review how well programs are performing and publish results.
- Eliminate ineffective and outdated programs.
Ensure sufficient availability of treatment and programming.
- Evaluate the need for programming and treatment and compare to current capacity.
- Prioritize intensive services for people who have the highest risk of reoffending and greatest criminogenic needs.
- Invest in high-quality treatment and programs that address multiple needs.
- Develop payment strategies that incentivize treatment providers to deliver specialized services for the criminal justice population.
- Expand the pool of treatment providers trained to work with the criminal justice population.
- Expand the paraprofessional workforce, as needed.
- Use performance incentives to ensure availability and quality of services.
Reduce barriers to employment.
- Actively engage local business leaders, chambers of commerce, and industry associations to talk about the benefits and challenges of hiring a person with a criminal record and understand hiring needs within specific industries.
- Reduce barriers to employment by adopting fair-hiring policies and expanding record clearance policies.
- Lift unnecessary occupational licensing restrictions.
- Leverage workforce development funds to support correctional and reentry programs.
- Ensure that people have immediate access to state identification after incarceration.
- Tailor employment services for people leaving prison and jail to address their criminogenic needs and job readiness.
Reduce barriers to housing.
- Limit the impact a criminal record has on obtaining housing.
- Enact laws reducing landlord liability.
- Fund programs to provide housing stability for people who have behavioral health needs and/or criminal records.