Increase employment rates of justice-involved individuals. Currently, between 60 percent and 75 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals remain unemployed one year after their release.
Reduce incarceration levels as less individuals return. Individuals that are employed two months after reentry were half as likely to recidivate.
If states’ spending on corrections had stayed the same since the mid-1980s in inflation-adjusted terms, states would have an additional $28 billion each year to put toward priorities such as education and infrastructure.
”At the end of the day you got to learn from your mistakes, and that’s what I did. So when I get out there I’ll actually stick to my mindset, stick to my goals, and try to make it in life. I've got a bright future ahead.”
“I’ve been locked up for 40 years. When I went to jail there was a rotary dial on the telephone. This is the first time I have seen a tablet and now I have the knowledge to use it. I think it should be given to everyone.”
“This was one of the programs I was talking about, the TED talk, how failure leads to success. ‘Listen to shame’. It gives you a lot of insight on how not to be afraid of certain things.”
”It looked like an exciting opportunity, a way to bring in technology that students get everywhere else... I want these kids to have the same education as my children would have.”
Arkansas Correctional School
The APDS tablet has proven to be an excellent supplemental tool to elevate teaching and boost learner outcomes within Northwest Arkansas Community Corrections Center. Among incarcerated learners at the facility, tablet users on average saw a 57% increase in GED pass rates over non-tablet users.
Utah Department of Corrections
In 2017, APDS began a landmark post-release use case with the Utah Department of Corrections' Adult Probation and Parole Division to manage reentry resources and ensure conditions of parole are met. Program delivery begins prior to release and extends into parole. To date, reentry plan completion rates have increased by 70%. Tablets allow for a continued delivery of targeted, monitored programming, as well as provide robust case management services and help offenders communicate with their parole officers.
NYC Department of Corrections
The NYC DOC program for young adults began in February 2016 at the Robert N. Davoren Center and the Rose M. Singer Center. The pilot program has received an overwhelmingly positive response from staff, inmates and COs.
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