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.

Ex-Offenders
•Over 650,000 inmates are released per year in the U.S. and return to their families and communities •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 Prisoners 1,681 699 656 Rate Per 1,000 Residents 14.3 10.6 15.7 24th Ward Yes No Yes

Austin Humboldt Park North Lawndale

West Englewood Englewood
East Garfield Park

521 429
412

11.5 10.7
19.7

No No
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
Number of Juvenile Arrests by District, 2008

Source: Chicago Police Department, Juvenile Justice Volume 4 Issue 1 Juvenile Arrest Trends 2003-2008

• In 2008, 10 of the 25 Police districts accounted for 64% of the juvenile arrests.
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 District District 8 District 11 (24th Ward) District 3 District 6 District 15 District 4 District 5 District 7 District 25 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 battery. • The offenses with the largest increases between 2003 and 2008 were
▫ Robbery ▫ Miscellaneous non-index offenses, ▫ 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 street • Advocate for stronger CAPS programming
▫ Holding local businesses accountable to be good neighbors
 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 rehabilitation
▫ Prevention
     Improving our schools After School Programming Bringing Back Truant Officers Job Readiness Training Resident Training through CAPS and other Programs

Intervention
• Increasing the number of policemen on the streets
▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ Balanced and Restorative Justice Peer Juries Community Courts Mentoring

Rehabilitation
• • • • • • 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 centers

• 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 Chicago. • Focus on eliminating disparities in and other societal disparities in health should be recognized and eliminated.

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*
Kick-Off

Community Assessment

Community Planning

Approval of Action Plan

Community Mobilization and Education

Assessment of Progress

Refine the Plan

*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)

Program

Finance/AdminOrganization A

Marketing and Outreach (All)

FundraisingOrganization A

Case ManagementOrganization A

MentoringOrganization C

HousingOrganization B

Job TrainingOrganization C

Grants ManagementOrganization A

Assist Non Profits in Building Capacity to Build Strong Programs
Recruitment Job Placement Follow Up

Intake

Mentoring

Case Management

Job Training

*Adapted from U.S. Department of Labor Ready4Work Program Model