This concise and informative policy statement from the Reentry Policy Council that describes the importance of information sharing and system integration to enhance the effectiveness of reentry initiatives. The statement also provides a set of tips for advancing information sharing programs and overcoming some key barriers, including the consensus building process, and thinking about the applicability of state and federal confidentiality laws.
According to CSG, the quality and impact of a reentry initiative invariably depends at least in part on the extent to which organizations are sharing information appropriately and effectively. This is a helpful policystatement to reference if you're trying to make the case that the community service providers, justice agencies, and other stakeholders should be collaborating more and sharing more information to improve decision-making and program implementation. The Council of State Governments identifes six benefits that sharing information can deliver for organizations adminstering or planning reentry programs: (1) enhance the continuity of care for individuals entering, residing, and leaving correctional facilities (2) promoting effective screening and assessment of people admitted to prison (3) improving release-decision making by planning for an individual's medical and social needs (4) stregthening a system for strategic community supervision (5) maximization of scarce resources (6) enhancing the capacity to deliver thoughtful program and policy design and evaluation of programs, which depend on the ability to acess, condense,, and analyze data from multiple systems