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An Investment in the Future: La Crosse County Charts a Course for Transition from Jail to the Community
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By Jane Klekamp, Chemical Health and Justice Sanctions Manager, La Crosse County Government, La
Crosse, Wisconsin

What does the criminal justice system really want from people who are involved in the system as
offenders—retribution? Justice? Punishment? Deterrence? Fewer crimes?

La Crosse County is one of six communities nationwide selected to implement the Transition from Jail
to Community (TJC) Initiative, an innovative, evidence-based transition model. The TJC Initiative seeks
to improve public safety and to enhance the success of individuals returning to the community from
local jails through effective jail/community partnerships. The county entered into the TJC project with
the goal of devising a jail transition strategy that is responsive to local circumstances, resources, and

This article will describe the process La Crosse County developed during the 30-month technical
assistance project supported by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Urban Institute.

Posted Tue, Mar 20 2012 8:10 AM by Susan Powell


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