Prioritizing Social Services Over Incarceration

Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the nation, and more than half of the people released from prison go back to prison within three years. They also are more likely to struggle with mental illness, substance-abuse disorder, chronic physical health conditions, and housing insecurity or homelessness. To reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism, the city is working to connect criminal-justice and social-service systems to more readily provide justice-involved individuals with the services they need to succeed.

FUSE executive fellow Natalie Barndt will work with key stakeholders and city agencies to assess the challenges and opportunities posed by integrating these systems. She will help devise a strategy for integration and a plan for implementation.