Local police can promote public safety and police legitimacy by actively engaging in prisoner re-entry programs, according to a new paper from the National Institute of Justice.
Exploring the Role of the Police in Prisoner Reentry, by Jeremy Travis, Ronald Davis and Sarah Lawrence, makes the case that involvement in re-entry efforts is in-line with problem-oriented and community policing strategies. Re-entry programs can be integral to addressing public safety, the paper argues, because a large number of recidivist offenders are released to neighborhoods already riddled with crime.
The paper is one of a series that will be published as a result of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, a gathering of academic and law enforcement professionals organized by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Read the paper here.