Criminal Justice

Illinois Vocational Progams for Corrections Performance Improvement

Improving employment outcomes for individuals exiting incarceration by reforming in-facility vocational programming

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Illinois Wraparound Services for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

In Illinois, approximately 700 youth per year become simultaneously involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. These dually-involved youth experience very poor outcomes; on average 1,300 arrests per year and 230,000 days spent in congregate care. With pro-bono technical assistance from the GPL, the state tested a new model for supporting families involved with multiple agencies and has re-engineered data systems to improve performance management and referral processes. It now takes the state child welfare agency less than three days to identify a dually-involved youth,...

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2021 Sep 30

Shifting From Planning To Doing: Implementing Alternative 911 Emergency Response Systems

12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Across the country, governments are exploring alternative responses to nonviolent 911 calls that reduce reliance on traditional law enforcement and better connect residents to other forms of needed support, including mental and behavioral health services. To support these efforts, the GPL recently announced the...

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HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

September 30, 2021
On September 30, 2021, the Harvard Crimson Editorial Board published an article highlighting the Government Performance Lab's work to support jrusidictions in implementing alternative approaches to 911 emergency response. According to the Editorial Board: "We are thrilled to see Harvard affiliates leveraging their resources and influence to pursue meaningful change at the local level. As prone to aspiring towards leadership as us Harvard students are, the Government Performance Lab’s ethos of creating change through assisting local actors is a great reminder that sometimes, the best thing we... Read more about HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

Press Release

September 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab selects five jurisdictions to participate in Alternative 911 Emergency Response project to advance public health approaches to public safety

 
Cambridge, MA – The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) today announced the selection of five jurisdictions that will participate in a new initiative designed to implement alternative responses to nonviolent 911 calls—Durham, North...
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Houston Public Media: Two New Harris County Safety Programs Would Limit Police Interactions In Certain Cases

August 10, 2021

Houston Public Media wrote a piece highlighting Harris County's Holistic Alternative Responder Team program, or HART, which plans to send public health staff instead of law enforcement to nonviolent calls involving issues like mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse. Read the...

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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

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