According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics in the United States, approximately 2.3 million people were incarcerated in the United States at a cost of over $75 billion.
U.S. Department of Health and Human sought to host a forum where proven research, best practices and workable solutions on reducing recitivism could be widely shared.
The goal was to provide hope for the incarcerated, a sense of community and coordination for the families that support them.
Group Solutions was engaged to facilitate interactive portions of the conference with audience response technology that enabled for idea generation and team polling.
Workshop participants developed shared messages that stressed the need for funding and support for policy change in prisons, mental health and homelessness.
Workshop participants recommended a regional planning process that will continue to connect partners and reinforce establish shared priorities. This process will focus on keeping families of the incarcerated intact and reducing recitivism.