Law Enforcement


SCA Grantee Discovers New Way of Policing by Asking Women Involved with the Justice System ‘What If?’

“The phrase ‘law enforcement’ pigeonholes the enforcement, but policing is about being a public servant and actually has to do with way more than just putting handcuffs on people,” said Seattle Police Department Detective Kim Bogucki.

Key Resources

Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

This report describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.

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Building an Offender Reentry Program: A Guide for Law Enforcement

The guide provides an overview of law enforcement's role in prisoner reentry and breaks down the components needed to build a successful reentry program. It also highlights successful practice examples from several law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

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Exploring the Role of the Police in Prisoner Reentry

This publication argues that police, particularly urban police departments, have a major role to play in prisoner reentry, in part because of high recidivism rates among returning offenders and because of their concentration in some of the poorest, highest crime neighborhoods. Greater involvement of the police in prisoner reentry can promote public safety through more focused problem-oriented policing efforts and increase police legitimacy, particularly in minority communities, through enhanced community policing efforts.

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Prisoner Reentry and Community Policing: Strategies for Enhancing Public Safety

This report describes the effects of prisoner reentry on communities and the impact on community safety and public perceptions of crime. The role of the police is examined by outlining the benefits of applying community policing strategies to prisoner reentry and exploring opportunities for police involvement. The report highlights specific examples from the field of how new police roles in prisoner reentry have been put into practice across the nation.

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Effective Alternatives to Incarceration: Police Collaborations with Corrections and Communities

This publication examines the problems created by decades of growth in the U.S. prison population, and the role of police in community-based alternatives to prison. It examines police involvement in programs around the country, which are effective in dealing with crime, while keeping low risk offenders in the community. Interventions profiled include: the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which keep low-risk offenders out of detention and lower juvenile crime rates; Mental Health Courts and Crisis Intervention Teams, which find treatment for and lower the unnecessary confinement of the mentally ill; and Restorative Justice Community Boards, in which offenders meet with victims and community members to repair the harm caused by their crimes.

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