What does self-sufficiency have to do with those who are incarcerated or have criminal records? Self-sufficiency, as defined by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) in Virginia, is having sufficient income to provide for a family’s basic needs without relying on government assistance. This includes all basic items – childcare, food, housing, transportation, […]

Criminogenic Needs

In the criminal justice system there are many factors that cannot be changed that may negatively affect the individual and their likelihood to relapse and/or recidivate. Such factors include criminal records which cannot be erased, family situations, and jobs that will not hire felons. Yet, there are other factors, or criminogenic needs, that are highly […]