MPOWR Reduces Recidivism In Rockford, IL
Improving Public Safety by Facilitating Collaboration Through Prisoner Re-Entry Program

Rockford, Illinois is known for many great assets—it’s access to the Rock River, a downtown in the midst of renaissance, and amazing parks and recreation. Unfortunately, the City has also earned a reputation for high crime rates, lower than average educational attainment and high unemployment. Compounding these public safety issues is the recidivism rate for recently released state correctional prisoners into Rockford.

The City of Rockford, along with its partners the Rockford Police Department, State of Illinois Department of Corrections, Winnebago County, Lutheran Social services and United Way of Rock River Valley, created a Multi-Jurisdictional Planning and Information Sharing Public Safety Initiative.

The initiative would allow partners to proactively prepare and manage the release of incarcerates into the community, monitor progress and provide support and assistance to reintegrate them successful and productively back into the community. To facilitate effective sharing of information and collective action plans for parolees, the partners leveraged MPOWR, the cloud-based collecting impact and data-sharing tool.

Within the first 2 years the Multi-Jurisdiction Initiative yielded the following results, which were tracked and verified by a Professor of Criminology at Michigan State University:

  • With the MPOWR system to facilitate collaboration, the initiative successfully integrated private, public and non-profit partners into the creation and ongoing management of a collective re-entry planning for 237 parolees, 69 of whom accepted case management services.
  • Case management services included personalized plans which may have included educational opportunities, counseling, mentoring, and workforce training.
  • Only 12% of the parolees who accepted case management services have re-offended, compared to 45.8% of those parolees who did not take advantage of the services.
  • Funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the initiative is now serving as a collaboration model for the state, and studies are ongoing to track long-term impact on community safety and violent crime rates.

“This proves we can impact public safety when we work together.” -Winnebago county Chairman Scott Christiansen

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