PITTSBURGH – For the second year in a row, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services has been honored with a Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government, a research and advisory institute that recognizes best practices in local and state government. This year, the Center recognized the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative’s Information Technology Application, launched in April 2012 to improve the tracking and data collection necessary to determine the effectiveness of community reentry programs for incarcerated men and women.
“We are honored to once again be recognized for our efforts in improving the way that government functions, as we continue to identify and implement best practices throughout the County, said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We are particularly proud to see another accolade for the Jail Collaborative. This unique working group makes a significant difference in the Jail population and our reentry programs.”
The award-winning application, which was partially funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, allows access to and easy updating of information on ex-offenders, while reducing paperwork, facilitating performance management and reducing multiple reporting obligations. It also increases a client’s access to resources for family support, housing, treatment and employment. In creating better access to services, it is anticipated to the application will aid reentry outcomes, reduce recidivism, and ultimately result in a significant cost savings to the county.
The application was developed by the Jail Collaborative, a cooperative effort of the County Jail, Department of Human Services, Health Department and Court of Common Pleas. It was formed in 1999 with the purpose of improving public safety, reducing recidivism, and increasing success for inmates following incarceration.
The Department of Human Services was previously honored by the Center for Digital Government for its use of technology to build an integrated service delivery model. This year’s winners will be recognized at a ceremony on September 13.
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