Since 2001, a dozen communities have used the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership in Action Program (LAP) to develop results-based strategies for improving school readiness, economic well-being of families and strengthening vulnerable neighborhoods. In 2008, Marion County, Indiana became the first community to deploy LAP in order to address the growing problem of reentry into the prison system by ex-offenders. This report provides an overview of the LAP approach and how it has worked to foster teamwork, partnership and achieve tangible results in Marion County.
In 2007, 49% of ex-offenders in Marion County returned to prison within 3 years of being released; 55% returned within a year.
Promising Signs of Progress
The rate of re-incarceration within 6 months of release into Marion County decreased from 16.2 to 14.4%. Rearrests within 1 year decreased from 51% to 44.6%.
As a result of the Marion County LAP, a new partnership between the Marion County Jail and Ivy Tech, the state's community college, has provided Adult Basic Education and GED instruction to 187 inmates.
Statements & Quotations
We hope this LAP’s work will be a national model for other communities. The neighborhoods that Casey works with to improve conditions for kids and families tend to have more ex-offenders. Our work in places like Marion County becomes more difficult when people leaving prison or jail don’t get the help they need to support themselves or their children and find themselves returning to behavior that can harm their family and their neighborhood.
– Jennifer Gross, Senior Associate with the Talent Management/Leadership Development Unit of the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Did I originally buy into LAP? No. Do I buy into it now? Yes. I can actually see tangible results of what we're doing. That's what sold me.
– Mike Lloyd, Transitional Facilities and Community-based Programs Director, Indiana Department of Corrections
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