• The majority of the almost 10,000 prisoners in Minnesota adult corrections facilities will be released, making it vital that appropriate services and programming are provided to fully integrate men and women returning to the community and reduce the rate of recidivism.
• The mission of the Minnesota Collaborative Justice Initiative (MNCJI) is to dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes of the formerly incarcerated in Minnesota and enable them to lead full and productive lives in the community.
• MNCJI is working to create a reentry system with robust service provision, coordinated systems, and supportive environments.
• In order to help ensure success, the MNCJI project is focused on providing individual services to men and women while advocating to create supportive environments and coordinating systems that improve lives on a statewide basis.
• In the area of service provision, MNCJI has targeted housing and employment, access to benefits, legal services, skill-building, and mentoring.
• MNCJI has identified the timeframe that begins twelve months prior to release, through five years after release.
• MNCJI will build on the great efforts, programs, and agencies already working on prisoner reentry in Minnesota, rather than reinventing the wheel.
• Among other metrics, MNCJI’s progress will be measured by a reduction in the number of formerly incarcerated men and women who return to prison for either a new offense, or a technical violation within three to five years.
• Pro Bono Institute is a national nonprofit mandated to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. For more information about PBI visit www.probonoinst.org.