Face to Face Initiative
- Connecting to Those Impacted by Criminal Justice Policies
- Editorial: Getting up Close with the Criminal Justice System
- WATCH: Gov. Hickenlooper Speaks with Corrections Officers, Incarcerated Women During Face to Face Visit
- WATCH: Gov. Greitens Meets Face to Face with Corrections Officers at Missouri Facility
Policymakers are using research and data to analyze trends and design bipartisan criminal justice policy more than ever. This remarkable development over the past 15 years has reduced recidivism, bolstered public safety and saved taxpayer dollars. But those efforts sometimes obscure the individual realities of the people who are closest to the system: the person whose untreated mental illness is worsened by time in prison, the child of an incarcerated parent, the corrections officer battling the stresses of each workday, the father denied job after job because of his criminal record. A handful of Republican and Democratic governors have publicly engaged with people in these situations. In doing so, those governors have gained a deeper appreciation of the challenges people involved with the system face, helped bring these issues closer to the general public, and become more effective champions of data-driven policies.
The Call to Action
The Face to Face initiative challenges all elected officials to participate in a public activity through which they can interact with formerly or currently incarcerated people, corrections officers, victims of crime, and others who have firsthand experience with the criminal justice system.
How Policymakers Can Connect Face to Face
Visit each of the suggested activities listed below to learn more about the people and the issues at hand, and what policymakers can do to stay involved. Click the links below.
- Meet with corrections officers who are assigned to a secure facility.
- Meet with a family who must travel a great distance to visit their loved one in a correctional facility.
- Work with victims advocates to meet with people who are survivors of crime.
- Visit with a person with a mental illness who is in prison or jail, or their family members.
- Convene local business leaders who are willing to talk about the benefits and challenges of hiring a person with a criminal record.
- Sit in on a meeting of people on probation or parole supervision who are in recovery and live in a halfway house.