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Creative Partnerships that Support Inmate Reentry Programs: Involving Public, Private, and Nonprofit Organizations
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Submitted by Charles Walters, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Lilya Wagner, Counterpoint International, Washington, D.C., to the 2007 LJN Exchange.

Summary

Man & Woman Shaking HandsMany law enforcement agencies have become aware of a growing need for alternative funding and resources, beyond what is provided in public budgets. Agency priorities place essential and emergency public safety services first in line for funding and support. Other services and programs may be discontinued—or not implemented at all—because of funding limitations or restrictions. One way to address this lack of funding is through collaborations with non-governmental funders and nonprofits in the local community.

Americans generally are very charitable, particularly toward organizations that have a positive impact in their communities. Jails are positioned to have a significant impact, as are the community-based organizations that provide services to persons released from jail. By teaming together in a systematic approach to resource development, jails and their service partners can create lasting financial solutions that support beneficial programs. These collaborations also benefit both society and the jail by creating greater understanding and mutual support among the partners, donors, and a community united toward common goals.

Collaborative partnerships can prove beneficial for everyone involved in correctional operations. The Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP) is one example of an initiative that focuses on offender life domains and treatment needs. We have teamed up to examine topics such as fundraising, donor relations, non-profit operation, and partnerships involving the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. We have researched and networked with organizations across the United States and throughout the world. We are describing the result of some of this work with the intent of sharing and aiding in the replication of successful endeavors.




Posted Tue, Jan 25 2011 5:09 PM by Connie Clem

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