Data-driven solutions for reentry service
Annually, more than 70,000 people return from Texas prisons, and a million individuals are cycled through Texas jails. Research has demonstrated that within a three-year period more than 46 percent of state prisoners are re-arrested, and 21 are re-incarcerated. To date, the far-reaching ramifications of unsuccessful re-entry are well documented with an increased likelihood of continued crime, victimization, and a host of emotional, fiscal and societal implications.
After several conversations with local community leaders, the justice-involved, and returning citizens, it became clear that there was no online portal available to advertise Texas re-entry services. As full re-acclimation into society should be a guaranteed right after serving a debt to society, the Texas Southern University Center for Justice Research, with the support of January Advisors, created this re-entry dashboard. Compiling over 4,600 Texas re-entry services improves access to rehabilitative services for the thousands of returning citizens, their families and service providers in the name of criminal desistance and improved public safety.