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Ice on the Chicago River Thank You and Farewell -  Dear Friends, Colleagues and Stakeholders – As 2020 comes to a close, the leadership of Smart Policy Works is excited to share news about a transition we will be making at the end of this year. After almost three decades of making an impact both locally and nationally, the Board of Directors decided that it...
The journey of a person released from prison, showing impediments along the path to reentry (simple version) PEERR: Prison Emergency Early Release Response - When the coronovirus pandemic burst forth in early 2020, jails and prisons as dense congregate settings were particularly hard hit, and a number quickly became covid-19 “hotspots.” In response, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order allowing “early release” for individuals who were near the end of their sentences and medical furloughs for those with vulnerable...

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The journey of a person released from prison, showing impediments along the path to reentry (simple version) Journey Mapping Reentry from Prisons During Covid - PEERR: Prison Emergency Early Release Response The early release of prisoners from Illinois correctional facilities in response to the covid emergency helped remove vulnerable populations from these congregate settings. It also created an opportunity to better understand the experience of returning citizens. We worked with the Safer Foundation, which was handling the logistics of reentry,...

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HISTORY
The journey of a person released from prison, showing impediments along the path to reentry (simple version) Journey Mapping Reentry from Prisons During Covid - PEERR: Prison Emergency Early Release Response The early release of prisoners from Illinois correctional facilities in response to the covid emergency helped remove vulnerable populations from these congregate settings. It also created an opportunity to better understand the experience of returning citizens. We worked with the Safer Foundation, which was handling the logistics of reentry,...

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