Justice

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Third Sector is working to drive outcomes that result in the reduction of crime and the promotion of safer and stronger communities.

With our partners, we help to develop programming that aims to reduce recidivism and aims to increase employment through a variety of approaches including mentorship, intensive outreach, and education and workforce training. Through three launched contracts addressing justice issues, we have reallocated $51.2M of public funding and engaged more than 1,600 individuals in these outcomes-oriented programs.

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Justice Insights

All Justice Projects

Project Name Project Stage Project Scope Location Status
Alameda County Recidivism Project Construction County Alameda County, CA Active
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Alameda County Justice Restoration Project (ACJRP) is led by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and various county partners to improve outcomes for young adults who previously committed low-level felony crimes.  ACJRP is a new model for community re-entry after jail release that addresses self-sufficiency goals and community safety by breaking the cycle of incarceration with service navigation support and intensive case management for adults aged 18-34.  La Familia Counseling Services, a community-based organization, will support young adults returning to their neighborhoods in Alameda County through its Individualized Coaching Model. Clients will be paired for 18 months with coaches with similar life experiences who will provide dedicated engagement and mentorship. Coaches will coordinate with probation officers and trained professionals to streamline access to an array of services that are challenging for clients to navigate without support.
As the project manager, Third Sector is providing technical assistance throughout the Build phase, fundraise, fiscal management, and program pilot in partnership with WestEd (evaluator), Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (fiscal manager), and the Probation Department, the County Administrator’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office, among other County partners. This project was developed with the support of the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Social Innovation Fund and the CA PFS Initiative, funded by the James Irvine Foundation and administered by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Lane County Permanent Supportive Housing Project Construction County Lane County, OR Active
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Lane County, in partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development & US Department of Justice, plans to scale an existing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program to address the costly and debilitating needs of homeless Oregonians reentering the community from incarceration. Using the Housing First model, Lane County strives to permanently house and provide comprehensive case management to formerly incarcerated individuals in need of housing through a combination of existing Low Income Tax Credit units, Public Housing units and Section 8 vouchers. Project partners seek to fund intense case management services (substance abuse treatment, job training, and mental health services) through a Pay for Success contract with various county and state government partners to demonstrate the lasting impact of permanent housing and supportive service on recidivism, stable housing, and healthcare utilization outcomes.
The effort is led Lane County Homes for Good, the county housing agency overseeing a 3,000-unit Section 8 program and 1,600 units of public housing and project based Section 8 units; Lane County Parole & Probation (P&P), a division of Lane County Administration that oversees +2,500 adult on supervision and related programming; and Sponsors, Inc., the leading community organization in Lane County, providing reentry, housing, and employment services to over 500 clients per year for over 40 years.
LA County Just in Reach Launched Projects County Los Angeles County, CA Closed
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Los Angeles County has launched Just in Reach (JIR), a new health-based housing program that will reduce jail recidivism and help end homelessness among people experiencing repeat jail stays. Over four years, JIR will place 300 homeless individuals who are currently in custody within the county jail and who have a mental health and/or substance-use disorder into permanent supportive housing. This project closed in 2017.
Salt Lake City PFS: Recidivism Launched Projects City Salt Lake City, UT Closed
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The REACH program will serve at least 225 adult males at high risk of re-engaging in criminal behavior using an intensive suite of services targeted at criminogenic factors. These services focus on providing evidence-based behavioral health counseling modalities (moral recognition therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing), along with housing supports. This project closed in 2017.
Oregon PFS: Marion & Multnomah Counties Feasibility County Marion/Multnomah County, OR Closed
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

Third Sector worked with Marion and Multnomah Counties to conduct PFS feasibility in partnership with the national nonprofit Youth Villages and its Intercept program, with the goal of reducing crime and systems involvement for youth ages 10-18 assessed at medium or high risk of committing further delinquent acts in the next 12 months and at-risk of placement in a youth correctional facility at the Oregon Youth Authority. Marion and Multnomah Counties demonstrated an innovative partnership between two county-level governments and the state Oregon Youth Authority, offered unique urban and rural contexts for demonstration sites, and also created an opportunity to work with Youth Villages, a national evidence-based nonprofit with ability to scale interventions. — This project closed in 2016.
Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS Initiative Launched Projects State Massachusetts Active
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice PFS Initiative, the fourth PFS project launched in the country and the largest to-date, was designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. The intentions of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative was to, not only improve the lives of young people, but also to reduce crime, promote safer and stronger communities and save taxpayer dollars. The initiative allowed Roca, a nonprofit based in Chelsea, to provide its high-impact intervention to 929 at-risk young men aged 17 to 23 who were in the probation system or exiting the juvenile justice system. Roca’s programming aims to reduce recidivism and increase employment through intensive street outreach and targeted life skills, education and employment programming. The Roca intervention was delivered over an intensive two-year period followed by two years of follow-up engagement.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency Feasibility Nation National Closed
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the California Endowment, Third Sector worked with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to develop Pay for Success feasibility studies in the arenas of child welfare and restorative justice. The feasibility studies explored how specific interventions can be adapted for Pay for Success contracting on the county level. — This project closed in 2014.
County of Los Angeles Blueprint Feasibility County Los Angeles County, CA Active
Project Stage: Feasibility/Technical Assistance, Social Innovation Fund
Issue Area: Child Welfare, Health
Region: Midwest

Description:

With support from the James Irvine Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s California Pay for Success Initiative, Third Sector partnered with Los Angeles County to complete a county-wide “Blueprint” released in October 2014, a report recommending how the county should develop one or more PFS projects. The county plans to develop at least one PFS pilot project pending Board approval.
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