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Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

Our capacity building and technical assistance packages are customized to address the unique issues and opportunities involved in designing and implementing programs within correctional facilities and/or for community reentry after incarceration.


Services include:


  • Organizational Readiness Assessments to help agencies determine their level of readiness for implementation within correctional facilities and community reentry.  

  • Program Development & Implementation to help agencies develop program designs, workplans, staffing plans, intervention tools and forms, program adaptation for particular client populations, and program budgets.

  • Recruitment and Retention Strategies to support agencies navigating the complex dynamics of the criminal justice system to successfully recruit eligible clients and maintain clients in programs post release.

  • Specialized Assistance for Working with Criminal Justice Systems to address the unique challenges involved in working with and within a correctional facility and/or with a community corrections agency by developing partnership agreements, providing specialized training, and facilitating mediation, coaching, and innovative problem solving.

Work examples include:
Code For America Summary Report: A Conversation about Reshaping Community Supervision@Code for America Summit 2018
On May 31, 2018, Code for America hosted a special convening for a diverse group of criminal justice system reform stakeholders to discuss how to transform the community supervision system (often known as probation and parole). The convening centered around a conversation on how to reshape community supervision to be more human-centered, community-based, and focused on what works to achieve positive outcomes for justice-involved people. The Bridging Group staff and affiliated consultants helped to plan, frame, and facilitate this conversation and produced a report of a synthesis of lessons learned and recommendations.​
Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC): Roots2Rentry Program Model Framework
APSC is one of the only organizations in the nation with a mission to provide culturally competent services and support specifically for currently and formerly incarcerated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people and to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration within the  AAPI community. The Bridging Group worked with APSC staff to develop a manual to present the program model framework, description of program activities, and presentation of implementation tools for APSC’s Roots2Reentry program aimed at providing case management, peer support, and weekly community immersion activities for formerly incarcerated people in Alameda County, California.
Recruitment Protocol: Capacity Building for Agencies funded by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Both CDC and SAMHSA support grantee organizations to implement prison and jail reentry projects around the country. These organizations are required to recruit and enroll people who are 1) incarcerated, 2) soon to be released, and 3) are in need of linkage to care and treatment; these could be people living with HIV, or with substance use disorders or other conditions requiring linkage and/or continuity of care. One major challenge that many organizations experience is how to recruit eligible program participants within a correctional facility. The Bridging Group has worked with many of these organizations to develop a “recruitment protocol” to help them document the recruitment process within the individual correctional facility they are working.
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