Why a Michigan Law Enforcement Agency Employs Formerly Incarcerated People to Bridge the Police-Community Divide

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Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Case Study

Sheriff’s Office Hires Formerly Incarcerated Community Members to Promote Alternatives to Enforcement

Since 2009, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in Michigan has been successfully implementing an innovative community outreach program that employs formerly incarcerated individuals as outreach workers (OWs). OWs assist with proactive policing strategies such as referring community members to resources, applying system expertise to help i...

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  • Rebecca Neusteter, Megan O'Toole, Libby Doyle
December 05, 2018
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