What if…

  • our work was forecasted to make over $100 billion?  Would you look for ways to get in early?

What if…

  • our work is tested to save American taxpayers, stakeholders and communities more than $100 billion in real money?  Would it not be smart to get involved?

Our Work Desk includes:

Other shared interests on our desk include:

  1. Neighborhood-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion strategies and coordinated initiatives
  2. Assessment at Hearing and Sentencing for comprehensive case-managed rehabilitation
  3. Automatic Record Restriction and Arrest Record Expungement when deemed safe and appropriate
  4. Corrections Facility Reform and the Elimination of Private Prison Contracts as currently structured
  5. Strong review of the need for Mandatory Minimums in that such undermines problem resolution
  6. Community-Centered Education Centers enhanced with practical wrap-around cradle-to-career services
  7. Reasonable Housing for All and Neighborhood Assimilation where screened to be appropriate
  8. Elimination of Voter Disenfranchisement in that such has no correlation to public safety

Collaborations to Accelerate Employment Success

We also refer to this program as “beyond ban the box.”   With decades of human relations, business management and workforce development experience shared among our team, we are particularly sensitive about the barriers to living-wage job placement and career mobility still facing tens of millions of Americans with arrests and conviction records.  This reality translates into a $57 billion to $65 billion loss in gross domestic output.  In working relationships with national and local partners, NIA is pushing strategic models to persuade more employers to take advantage of the value in second chance hiring and improving workplace culture.

Public Awareness and Informed Empathy Campaigns

The NIA continues to pursue partnerships with advocacy organizations such as We Are All Criminals, the Dream Corps/#cut 50 organizations, the Georgia Justice Project and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta to expand the awareness of the impacts of mass incarceration.  We push opportunities to survey sentiments and present the facts to business associations, church groups and community organizations.  More than one-third of all American families (65 million +) are directly impacted by the continual consequences of having been incarcerated.

The other two-thirds are at least indirectly impacted as taxpayers, business owners and neighbors.  Cost-saving policy changes have been tested all across the country.  Our absurd and costly mass incarceration predicament continues in part because of what we call an apparent “empathy gap.”  The NIA feels that narrowing this public opinion gap will give employers and policy makers permission to be more assertive with smarter ideas.

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Direct Call-in Referral and Problem Navigation Services

Calls come in to the NIA hotline when families and inmates feel they need just a little independent help from the “outside” to nudge officials to consider a more sensitive approach to a particular problem significantly impacting them.  Of these situations, it is often a simple matter of communicating or even facilitating a different course of action or the need to revisit old habits or unnecessary policies.  These interactions are managed in a way to benefit both inmates and their families, as well as corrections officials.  Sometimes, we even get calls from corrections officers.  This constituent service now includes special workshops to prepare families to better present their concerns to corrections officials at events such as state sponsored Family Days.  The outcomes make for healthier relationships and systems upgrades that benefit all involved.

Family Resource, Sustainability and Restorative Justice Centers

The core of this program is built on the fact that 95% of all persons incarcerated return to every community across America, no matter their crime, length of time or conditions under which they served.  We agree with data that assert that incarceration has measured value only as a component of “restoration” – restoration for all impacted, victimized and involved.  We feel that the most effective way to show sensitivity and healing for victims of crime is to ultimately and in every situation possible, repair the human inclination to commit crime.

These “one-stop” centers should be connected to virtual integrated service delivery networks to ensure no child, family, or situation slips through any crack.  This is the only comprehensive way to reverse trends and costs. There is broad evidence that all necessary resources to create and sustain such networks, already exists.  In this case, political will and commercial interest simply need more public opinion push.

Partner Asset Integration Projects and Initiatives

This program idea is actually the driver behind all NIA efforts.  These strategic solutions target the fragmentation, isolation and product duplication still apparent among stakeholders.   The resulting consequence is unintended competition and marginal progress that lags behind the growth of the problems.  The solution formula is simple: incubate as many ideas as can be managed and create opportunities with every problem-solving scenario to share strategies, resources and assets.  When the NIA launches or gets involved with any project or initiative, our aim is to demonstrate how partners can work together more effectively and in ways that advance common interests and yield measured results.

The NIA formula coaches a disruption of this pattern:

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NIA coaches this kind of “mega-community” formula:

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“Brilliance Behind Bars” Professional Development/ Specialized Adult & Youth Mentoring

The simple historical numbers commit us to the notion that it is in the best interest of national security, gross domestic output and international trade advantage to not ignore every opportunity to invest in above average aptitude.   The concept obviously goes beyond the offer of college courses, and the usual certificate and GED program patterns. This program innovation tests assessment for higher levels of STEAM competencies of both youths and adults.  Then, as part of the smart investment course of their comprehensive rehabilitation, it tracks them in a tailored course of advanced education, professional development and creatively controlled internships.   NIA also believes such programs can be structured to help restore victims of crime and to mentor attitude changes with other inmates.