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    WAND 17: Life After Prison: Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center

    May 23, 2018

    The GPL is assisting the State of Illinois improve employment outcomes for individuals exiting incarceration by reforming in-facility vocational programming at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. "It makes you start to question some of the decisions you made and the decisions that you will make when you go home...makes you want to become more responsible for your actions as a man," inmate Jovan Lumpkin said. "That's what I feel makes this program so special, because people need a skill set going home...because you are already looked at like you're a prisoner."...

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    The Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus: Offenders trying to break into this prison

    August 20, 2018
    The GPL is assisting the State of Illinois improve employment outcomes for individuals exiting incarceration by reforming in-facility vocational programming at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. Former Illinois legislator Jim Nowlan writes about his experience attending a Kewanee graduation ceremony and meeting program graduates. ... Read more about The Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus: Offenders trying to break into this prison

    Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families: Strengthening Connections Between Child Welfare and Early Learning

    March 18, 2019

    Secretary Ross Hunter, the Director of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), recently laid out the department’s plan for incorporating early childhood learning services into the child welfare system. DCYF is piloting projects at two sites to identify opportunities to strengthen connections to early learning resources for child welfare-involved families, which evidence suggests will help at-risk families develop protective factors and build resilience. Read his post...

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    Urban Institute: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

    March 20, 2019

    The Urban Institute published a feature on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The feature explains how former Program Director Tyler Jaeckel and other stakeholders helped the City set up a social impact bond to build 160 new units of housing for the homeless and includes quotes from residents and photos of their new homes. Read the feature ...

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    How can child protection agencies partner with early care and education to improve outcomes for children?

    July 17, 2020

    Casey Family Programs published a new strategy brief on creating collaborative relationships between early childhood education and child protection agencies to improve outcomes for children. The brief highlights the GPL’s work with Washington’s Department for Children and Families to “strengthen efforts to provide prevention and early supports by connecting families to community-based...

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    WMUR: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to Receive Support from Harvard to Improve Child Services

    June 14, 2018

    The GPL announced that New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive pro bono technical assistance. In particular, the GPL will assist the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with providing consistent and effective services to children and families who need protection or are at risk of future harm and with increasing the number of children cared for by families by strengthening the recruitment and retention of foster family resources....

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    New Hampshire DCYF: Data Moving in Right Direction

    June 17, 2020

    The state of New Hampshire released new data that shows substantial progress within the Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). According to DCYF Director Joseph Ribsam, "New Hampshire’s children and families are far better off today," as a result of collective efforts to rebuild the state's Child Protection System. Read the press release here, see the data slides...

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    Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

    November 12, 2019
    The Urban Institute published a research report on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The report, Maintaining Housing Stability: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative, highlights key lessons that were learned and outcomes that were achieved over the first three years of the program. Read the report... Read more about Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

    Social Finance: Reflections on the South Carolina Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success Pilot

    November 14, 2016
    Charting the Course: Reflections on the South Carolina Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success Pilot is a brief about GPL's Nurse Family Partnership Pay for Success project in South Carolina. It provides background on the purpose of including a pilot for this project, the “lessons learned” from the pilot, and why incorporating a pilot can improve the launch and operations of complex Pay for Success projects. Read the full brief... Read more about Social Finance: Reflections on the South Carolina Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success Pilot

    Casey Family Programs: How is New Hampshire building a 21st century child strengthening and family well-being system?

    March 31, 2020

    A Q&A with Chris Tappan, associate commissioner, Human Services & Behavioral Health, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), that highlights how GPL has been helping DHHS advance it's data-driven performance efforts. Read the interview here

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    Texas Tribune: Report - Harris County’s bail reforms let more people out of jail before trial without raising risk of reoffending

    September 3, 2020

    In the Texas Tribune, Jolie McCullough writes, "A new report examining the impact of recent changes to bail practices in Harris County found that releasing more misdemeanor defendants from jail without requiring cash bail did not lead to an increase in arrests for reoffending." The GPL has been working with the Harris County’s Commissioner’s Court, Sheriff’s Office, pretrial services agency, mental health authority, and newly formed Justice Administration Department to support the county’s improvements to its bail practices, and this article shares details from the ...

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    Houston Chronicle: Fewer jailed and new arrests remain low, says report on Harris County’s bail system

    September 3, 2020
    In the Houston Chronicle, Gabrielle Banks writes, "Harris County’s newly revamped system for processing arrestees on minor offenses is working well, according to the first official report: It is preventing needless jailing of poor people without risking more crime." The GPL has been working with the Harris County’s Commissioner’s Court, Sheriff’s Office, pretrial services agency, mental health authority, and newly formed Justice Administration Department to support the county’s improvements to its bail practices, and this article... Read more about Houston Chronicle: Fewer jailed and new arrests remain low, says report on Harris County’s bail system

    New Hampshire Union Leader: NH health officials say new partnerships will provide services for at-risk youth, families

    November 30, 2020

    The New Hampshire Union Leader wrote a piece covering the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of partnerships with two social service agencies to provide community-based voluntary services for at-risk children and families. Read the story, the...

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