June 1, 2009
Allegheny County Department of Human Services (Pennsylvania)

Facing increasing incarceration rates and corresponding prison costs, public officials and key stakeholders in counties across the country must address the challenge of meeting the public safety needs of their communities and reducing associated costs. Treating these critical issues with a business- as-usual approach will not reduce incarceration rates or bring down the costs of housing an inmate.

What the Allegheny County Department of Human Services has found is that the best way to address these significant community issues is to collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders to help former inmates to reintegrate successfully into their communities when possible and break the cycle of incarceration.

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