Common Agenda

The Minnesota Collaborative Justice Initiative brings together diverse stakeholders to collectively serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our society by implementing an agreed-upon and measurable plan to address a persistent societal challenge – the successful reentry of men and women released from federal and state correctional facilities.

REENTRY: 25% of adults released from prison in MN return to prison for a new felony conviction; 50% return for a technical violation.

Our Mission:

To dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes of formerly incarcerated men and women in Minnesota to enable them to lead full and productive lives in the community.

Geography:

While the initiative aims to have impact across the state, recent data shows that the majority of reentry occurs in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. As such, many of the initiative’s efforts, especially at the level of service provision, will be primarily there, impacting men and women who have been released from federal and/or state facilities.

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Timeframe:

Support is needed from the day confinement begins until many years after those formerly incarcerated are “off paper.” Initially, efforts will focus on the timeframe beginning 12 months before release and continuing to
5 years after.

Issues:

The reentry population faces many issues and obstacles. Gaining housing and employment are prioritized as two key issues to support. Undergirding these issues are access to benefits (especially related to health), legal services, opportunities to build cognitive and non-cognitive skills and the existence of a support system of mentors, family members, and people who can help navigate the complex reentry system.

GOAL: To reduce the number of formerly incarcerated men and women who return to prison for a new offense or a technical violation within five years from the day they were released from federal or state prison.

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STRUCTURE: The initiative is led by Pro Bono Institute and an all-volunteer Steering Committee that includes representatives from corporations, law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations as well as men and women who were formally incarcerated.

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FOCUS: To achieve our goal, the initiative has identified several inter-related topic areas to focus its efforts, and has formed working groups to develop and implement collaborative action plans.

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Turning Mission Into Action:

Personalized Reentry Planning • Individual Access to Housing, Employment, Benefits, and Legal Services • Cognitive and
Non-cognitive Skills Development • Data and Knowledge • State-wide and System-wide Policy and Advocacy

Get Involved:
The Minnesota Collaborative Justice Initiative is a project of Pro Bono Institute. To contribute your time, expertise, and ideas, or to support this initiative, please contact: