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BOSTON, Mass. — CJI’s Barbara Pierce Parker has been working with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the local Justice Reinvestment work group to develop and implement their first-ever transition program for jail inmates.

The Inmate Transition Program is based on the best research on what works to reduce recidivism and has been in operation since January 28, 2013.  To date, there have been 14 program graduates and an 82% completion rate.

“The Justice Reinvestment Initiative has given us the opportunity to engage in the type of public safety effort that we know reduces crime,” Sheriff Sadie Darnell said. “Our Inmate Transition Program is an excellent example of a risk reduction approach that targets a criminal justice issue in our county.  The program is employing best practices to change offender behavior and collecting data so we can ensure its effectiveness.”