With the U.S. having the second-highest incarceration rate in the world (707 out of every 100,000 people) and a rearrest rate of 67.8%, many voices are calling for solutions to reduce convictions and to improve prisoners’ reentry into society. Last summer, the City of Philadelphia decided to turn to the tech world for innovative solutions, inviting companies to offer their technology through the FastFWD pilot program. Now, Textizen has joined the City to improve outlooks for those returning to society.
Textizen will be contributing to the effort against recidivism through a partnership with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services, or RISE. The agency will use Textizen to help case workers better serve their clients, while using data gathered in the process to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.