Violence Prevention Initiative

The Violence Prevention Initiative is a multi-part effort dedicated to addressing community violence through Reimagine Reentry, Gunshot Reoccurring Injury Prevention Service, and Homicide Review. The initiative is led by Richard Garland.

Reimagine ReEntry: Holistic Services for Returning Citizens in Allegheny County

It is an enormous public burden to place and keep a person behind bars. In Pennsylvania, it costs more than $42,000 per year to keep one person in the state corrections system, and this does not count the public safety intervention, court appointments, local jail time, and administrative efforts it takes to first place a person. Outside of public expenditures, the cost to victims and the families of those in corrections is massive, including legal fees, phone calls, transportation time and expense, loss of income and family support, and separated families.

Once released from state corrections, two of every three people across the US are rearrested for a new offense and about half are reincarcerated within three years of their release. In Pennsylvania, sixty-three percent of parolees return to corrections within three years.

When returning to society, these men and women face immense systemic barriers that are only magnified by incarceration, such as low employment, lack of healthcare, limited education, a prevalence of homelessness, and much more.

With the significant cost of incarceration to states, communities, and families, and the massive coordination involved amongst systems, what if that same effort and investment was put into their reentry to society? What if returning citizens had a comprehensive, fully-invested approach to their exit from incarceration and reentrance into their communities?

Reimagine Reentry is a reentry program for people returning home to Allegheny County from incarceration. At Reimagine Reentry, we come alongside returning citizens to address the unique challenges of reentering the community through a strengths-based approach. We aim to provide opportunities, reduce barriers, and support returning citizens and work to highlight and harness those characteristics to empower positive change for each individual and their community. 

Our Services Include: 

  • Reentry coaching and mentoring
  • Workforce development and training
  • Family reunification education
  • Housing assistance planning

Contact Us

Reimagine Reentry  - Alloy 26, Ste. 102
100 S Commons
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

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Gunshot Reoccurring Injury Prevention Services

GRIPS is a hospital-based violence intervention program with the goal of preventing firearm assault re-injury and criminal involvement.  Firearm assault survivors are recruited from hospital sites and offered case management and social support. With the help of GRIPS interventionists, participants outline goal areas (e.g., employment, completing GED) to address during the 6-month duration of the intervention. Participants complete a questionnaire at baseline and follow-up. 

University of Pittsburgh IRB#PRO13120052 and #NCT02642224.

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