Special Issue on Community Supervision and Economic Mobility Guest Edited by Dr. David Harding and Dr. Bruce Western Commissioned by REFORM Alliance

September 14, 2022 News

Individuals coming in contact with the criminal justice system often face numerous barriers to achieving well-being, many of which are exacerbated by the shortcomings of the criminal justice system. As part of REFORM’s mission to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems, and culture to create real pathways to work and well-being; REFORM partnered with the Columbia Justice Lab to release a special issue of Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Leading experts across the nation contributed to this issue to examine the difficulties in gaining and maintaining meaningful employment and identify evidence-based solutions to better support individuals on community supervision. The research included in these papers provides tangible evidence that can be used by lawmakers, community organizers and those who are working to reform our justice system.

By reimagining the system as one that supports and stabilizes those on supervision, effective solutions that lead to upward mobility during and after justice system involvement can generate lasting improvements in our communities that keeps citizens safe.