Investing in Effective Community-Based Solutions
It is time to move from investing billions of dollars in failed prison models to investing in proven, effective community-based solutions. Research shows there is virtually no relationship between incarceration and crime rates – and that spending time in prison may actually increase the likelihood of a person’s return. By contrast, studies reinforce that local interventions have positive impacts on people and improve community safety.
The solutions to over incarceration lie with those who are most proximate to the issues. Heroes exist in the very neighborhoods that are most often relegated for being riddled with crime and violence. These models need to be resourced and replicated around the country.
Community Reinvestment Resources
- VideosMarch 5, 2020
This video highlights the work leaders at the District of Columbia's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) are doing to mobilize credible messenge…
- VideosJanuary 16, 2020
Our latest video highlights the work leaders in Oakland are doing to resource effective community-based alternatives and lessen the city’s reliance on governme…
- Latest PWF NewsJanuary 14, 2020
The Board of Directors of Public Welfare Foundation approved over $5.1 million in grants to eight organizations, including $2.8 million as part of the Workers’…
Advancing Community Reinvestment
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
A state-based advocacy organization working to reduce the number of people incarcerated, redirect savings from reform to fund community-based safety and development strategies targeting communities most impacted by crime and the criminal justice system, improve access to medical and behavioral health care for justice-involved people, and build political power through increased voter engagement.
A nonpartisan policy research organization that examines social, economic, and governance issues. Urban focuses on communicating its findings in ways that are useful not only to other researchers but to program administrators and practitioners, policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups, and the public. Urban’s Justice Policy Center’s work includes research related to prioritizing community-based alternatives for justice system-involved adults and youth.