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Building Community,

Restoring Trust
Town Hall Meeting 3
Public Health and Safety
Presented by Valerie F. Leonard

Guest Presenters: Gatanya Arnic

Dr. Cynthia Henderson, M.D., MPH
Public Benefits
Presenter: Gatanya Arnic
Public Health
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Henderson, M.D.
•Over 650,000 inmates are released per year
in the U.S. and return to their families and
•Without intervention, 40% of returning
inmates will return to prison within 5 years
•18,377 inmates were released to Cook County
in 2001 . 15,488 (84.3 percent) were released
to the city of Chicago.
Chicago Communities With the Highest
Number of Returning Prisoners
Community Area Number of Returning Rate Per
Prisoners 1,000 24th Ward
Austin 1,681 14.3 Yes

Humboldt Park 699 10.6 No

North Lawndale 656 15.7 Yes
West Englewood 521 11.5 No

Englewood 429 10.7 No

East Garfield Park 412 19.7 Yes

Three of the 6 communities with the highest number of returning prisoners

are in the 24th ward
Common Issues Facing Ex-Offenders
• Homelessness
• Joblessness
• Lack of work skills
• Low educational attainment
• Substance Abuse
• Separation from Families
Juvenile Arrests Source: Chicago Police Department, Juvenile Justice Volume 4 Issue 1
Juvenile Arrest Trends 2003-2008

Number of Juvenile • In 2008, 10 of the 25 Police

Arrests by District, 2008 districts accounted for 64% of
the juvenile arrests.
Rank District

1 District 8
2 District 11 (24th Ward)

3 District 3
4 District 6
5 District 15
6 District 4
7 District 5
8 District 7
9 District 25
10 District 9
Juvenile Arrests by Offense Type
Source: Chicago Police Department, Juvenile Justice Volume 4 Issue 1
Juvenile Arrest Trends 2003-2008

• The top two offenses were drug

abuse violation and simple
• The offenses with the largest
increases between 2003 and
2008 were
▫ Robbery
▫ Miscellaneous non-index
▫ Vandalism and warrant arrests
• The offenses with the greatest
decreases include
▫ Drug abuse violations
▫ Simple battery
▫ Motor vehicle theft

24th Ward Schools: Gaining Ground or on Shaky Ground/June 16, 2010

Valerie’s Agenda
Public Safety Agenda
• Advocate for increased number of police on the
• Advocate for stronger CAPS programming
▫ Holding local businesses accountable to be good
 Crack down on loitering and sales of drugs
 Fining businesses that don’t comply
• Crack down on illegal dumping
Public Safety Agenda
• Focus resources on entire range of issues,
including prevention, intervention and
▫ Prevention
 Improving our schools
 After School Programming
 Bringing Back Truant Officers
 Job Readiness Training
 Resident Training through CAPS and other
• Increasing the number of policemen on the
▫ Balanced and Restorative Justice
▫ Peer Juries
▫ Community Courts
▫ Mentoring
• Mentoring
• Wraparound services
• Job training
• Housing
• Healthcare
• Ed
Public Health Agenda
• Network with Federal State, County and City
government to conduct comprehensive health
assessment of the community
▫ Use the results to develop a comprehensive public health
plan for the 24thWard

• Advocate for opening more federally qualified health


• Advocate for more funding for prevention and

prevention and screening measures rather than
concentrating overwhelmingly on treatment.
• Invest in educating professionals and the public in
improving lifestyle.
▫ Engage local residents to play a major role in
community outreach and participatory Research
▫ Model: Sinai Community Institute and Humboldt
Park-Community of Wellness Program

• Work with local stakeholders to create initiatives to

ensure access to excellent health care for all children in

• Focus on eliminating disparities in and other societal

disparities in health should be recognized and
How Will We Do this?
Conduct Community Assessments
• Public Safety E
▫ Things to Consider
 How many ex-offenders are returning to the community on a
weekly, monthly or annual basis?
 Who is impacted by their return? (i.e., family, victims)
 What problems do they face?
 What do they need to successfully transition back into society as
productive citizens?
 What services are available to them?
 How well do the services work?
 Where are the gaps in programs and services?
 How can our organization fill the gaps?
Develop an Evidence-Based
Strategic Planning Process*

Community Community Approval of

Assessment Planning Action Plan

Community Refine
Assessment of
Progress the Plan
and Education

*National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2006

Develop Strong Collaborations
Legal structure could take on a number
of forms, including, MOU, Partnership,
Joint Venture or New Corporation.
Governance could occur through a
MOU, partnership agreement, advisory
council, board of directors, etc. Collaboration
(Governance, Decision Making)

Finance/Admin- Marketing and Fundraising-

Program Organization A Outreach (All) Organization A

Case Grants
Mentoring- Housing- Job Training-
Management- Management-
Organization C Organization B Organization C
Organization A Organization A
Assist Non Profits in Building Capacity to
Build Strong Programs
Recruitment Job Placement Follow Up

Intake Mentoring

Job Training

*Adapted from U.S. Department of

Ready4Work Program Model