Over the past decade, efforts to use research and data to analyze trends and design bipartisan criminal justice policies have made communities safer and saved taxpayer dollars. However, these efforts sometimes obscure the individual realities of the people 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.
The Face to Face initiative challenges all policymakers to publicly engage with people in these situations by participating in a series of public activities through which they can interact with people who are in prison or jail, corrections officers, victims of crime, and others who have firsthand experience with the criminal justice system. The initiative was launched in August 2017 by the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have participated in Face to Face to gain a deeper appreciation of the challenges people involved with the system encounter, raise the visibility of these issues for the general public, and become more effective champions of data-driven policies to address those challenges.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wanted to learn more about the challenges that…Read More
In January, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson visited the Fulton Community Supervision Center,…Read More
While visiting the East Boise Community Reentry Center, a minimum-security women’s facility…Read More
In December 2019, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly met in Leavenworth, KS, with…Read More
Jared Polis started his career as a successful entrepreneur and investor, so…Read More
Gov. Doug Burgum became the latest governor to join the Face to…Read More
Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas became the latest governor to participate in…Read More
After 24 visits to Connecticut prisons, Gov. Dannel Malloy decided it was…Read More
Since the initiative’s launch late last year, a bipartisan group of 13…Read More
The White House, joined by a bipartisan pair of governors, led a…Read More
During their visit, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg met with…Read More
Launched on Monday, Aug. 14, Face to Face—an initiative sponsored by the…Read More
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, on Aug. 16, discussed mental health treatment and…Read More
Taking up the charge of a new national initiative, Missouri Governor Eric…Read More
By the time Bencomo sat in the courtroom for her case’s sentencing…Read More
By the time Marilynn Winn was five years old, she had learned…Read More