For more than 140 years, Community Resources for Justice has been dedicated to building safer, stronger communities and improving the lives of individuals who too often get left behind and forgotten in our society.
In 2018, we saw that Massachusetts men and women returning to the community after incarceration were about to fall further behind, and we acted to make sure more people will receive vital reentry supports as they make that difficult transition. We spread the word that reentry programs were closing because of lack of funding, we mobilized supporters, and we helped secure $5 million in new funding for these services in the state budget.
Our residential programs and day services for adults with developmental disabilities continued to empower our clients to thrive in their communities by taking active roles in local organizations, the workforce, and their own homes.
And our Crime and Justice Institute partnered with agencies at the local, state, and national levels around the country. Together, they crafted and implemented policies based on data and analysis, rather than fear and anecdote, that improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and create better outcomes for adults and juveniles who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Our 2018 Annual Report covers only a snapshot of the meaningful work CRJ’s dedicated crew of more than 700 employees did last year and a few of the thousands of lives their efforts have touched.