There are more than 3,000 individuals who return to Boston each year from these facilities. We want to help these people take healthy steps in their lives. The goal is to help them get past the consequences of their actions. We’ll work with social services and law enforcement through this process. We work within the Office of Public Safety Initiatives.
We hope to achieve this goal by absorbing best practices from our local, state, and federal partners. We’ll also review the work of similar offices in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
A Harvard study found that those reentering society often need housing and employment help. Our office aims to empower these people. We want to reintegrate them into their communities and help them reach their full potential.
We plan to review the services and opportunities available now for those returning home. We also plan to help fill gaps that exist within local, state, federal, and county efforts.
Mayor Walsh created the Office of Public Safety in 2014. The goal was to have departments and agencies across the City work together. They tackle the complex problems in our neighborhoods that lead to and perpetuate violence.