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FUNDING

MacArthur Foundation Challenge Grant

The City of Philadelphia has been selected by the MacArthur Foundation as one of 10 localities nationally to receive a grant whose focus is to reduce the prison population as well as racial and ethnic disparities of those impacted by the criminal justice system.  The grant award, $3.5 million, will provide opportunities for the city’s criminal justice system to look at ways to reduce the prison population by either diverting individuals from incarceration or early release. Much of the focus of the grant will look at pre-trial activities including effective case processing, alternatives to bail and reducing admissions and length of stay within the prison system.  One area will focus on pre-diversion, based on the success of the existing Accelerated Misdemeanor Program.  In the currently named “AMP 3 Pre-arrest Diversion:, Forensic Services will to hire one staff person to provide assessments, social service linkage and work in close collaboration with Adult Probation and Parole  to reduce the likelihood of incarceration. 

Arnold Foundation Grant Awarded

Forensic Services, in collaboration with PHMC’s Research and Evaluation Group and Temple University Department of Criminal Justice, have been awarded a 2 year grant (just under $500) from the Arnold Foundation to pilot test a new intervention by adding peer recovery specialist to support the work of Treatment Court case managers, to strengthen outcomes. If the pilot is successful, additional funding would be sought after to support expansion into other courts/areas.  We are very excited about this opportunity to study the role of utilizing peers in drug courts.  Forensic Services will be looking to hire 2 graduates of Philadelphia Treatment Court to work as peer for this pilot project. 

We will keep you updated as both of these new initiatives move forward in the coming months.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 Forensic Services Job Fair