Correctional agencies and their partners in the community can provide vital support to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus by safely reducing the incarcerated population with appropriate support. They can also maintain system legitimacy by supporting crime victims and addressing the harm done by crimes.
But as governments face new fiscal constraints, resources will need to be reallocated to support the most effective ways of addressing these new public safety and public health challenges. To that end, this brief from the Alliance for Safety and Justice and the Litmus program at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University summarizes key information about a new federal funding stream that could strengthen the reentry and crime-survivors services continuum that corrections depends on.
This brief: 1. Summarizes how new U.S. Justice Department funds are available, and can be used to address new reentry challenges and address the needs of crime victims; 2. Highlights how strengthening partnerships with community-serving programs can help address new correctional challenges; and 3. Details what steps corrections leaders can take to ensure that federal dollars for reentry are used effectively through local and state public safety planning processes.