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From Claremont Graduate University

Defy Ventures and the Drucker School of Management announce a new partnership to provide current and formerly incarcerated students with a certificate in entrepreneurship to help them successfully transition back into their communities.

High prison recidivism rates in the state and nationwide are exacerbated by a lack of job skills and educational training. Without training, many formerly incarcerated people struggle to find employment in their communities and often return to the criminal justice system. The Defy-Drucker partnership builds on Defy’s previous efforts to address this challenge and Drucker’s long-standing humanistic approach to management education.

“This partnership will open the door to future collaboration that will make Defy’s curriculum even more impactful for the currently and formerly incarcerated people in our program,” said Andrew Glazier, Defy’s President and CEO. “We are excited to be working with the Drucker community.”

For several years, Defy Ventures has offered a curriculum in business skills to train incarcerated people nationwide and show them how to start a business and improve their employment outlook. This training has been designed to provide a pathway to economic independence, and Defy has a track record of successful outcomes for graduates of their program.

That includes a recidivism rate under eight percent for program participants and the launch of 140 businesses since 2012. Defy Ventures also recently received a federal grant to expand its entrepreneurship programs.

Now, in collaboration with the Drucker School of Management, Defy will be leveraging the deep experience of the Drucker community to enhance the entrepreneurship curriculum and programming.


From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

It’s Time to Commit to Tackling Rising Jail Costs

The Justice Department also found that the number of people in jail for misdemeanors dipped 45%. Sustaining this drop could help curb rising jail costs.

How One State is Improving Its Probation Services

Alternatives to incarceration—when driven by evidence—have the potential to promote cost savings and equity. Massachusetts shows how to make it happen.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Jail Costs Rise as Crime, Jail Admissions Fall

Despite a notable dip in crime and jail admissions from 2007 to 2017, jail populations barely budged—and jail costs grew. What’s more, our analysis shows no relationship between a state’s jail spending and its crime rate.

Dallas Program Helps People into Treatment, Not Jail

Police too often default to jailing people in mental health crises. To help turn the tide, a Dallas program employs clinicians at 911 call centers and pairs officers with paramedics and social workers on the streets.

Americans Support Limits on Pretrial Detention

Cutting down on pretrial detention has bipartisan support, our 2018 survey found. It was also popular among households with members of law enforcement.

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From the Pew Public Safety Performance Project

Juvenile Justice Reform Effort Kicks Off in PA

A bipartisan task force to reform Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system convened for the first time earlier this month. Over the next year, the group will meet monthly to examine how to improve youth outcomes.

Louisiana Reform Savings Go to Essential Programs

Two years after enacting landmark criminal justice reforms, tens of millions in savings are being reinvested in victims’ services and efforts to reduce recidivism. Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms helped reduce the prison population by 9 percent and the community-supervised population by 12 percent. Now, the Ford Foundation tells the story of the people who made it happen


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