Spatially Visualizing Service Providers to Improve Reentry Success

Authors: Liam Ferraby*, Calvin College, Annalane Miller*, Calvin College, Jason VanHorn, Calvin College, Kevin den Dulk, Calvin College
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Legal Geography, Applied Geography
Keywords: Returning Citizen, Reentry Success, Recidivism, GIS, Mapping Application
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Resources available to returning citizens are often difficult to use and incapable of providing the necessary support required for a successful reentry back into society. This problem generated a need for an improved method of providing returning citizens with the fundamental support vital to the success of the reentry process. Our team decided that a web mapping application would fulfill those needs by allowing returning citizens to find the service providers that they need. We created a web mapping application that functions as a tool allowing returning citizens, their family, and parole officers to locate service providers which are often needed in reentry. After a two-year period of application growth and development, our application trial runs suggest that the spatial visualization of service providers is a viable method for providing returning citizens with the necessary support vital to a successful return. Because of this success, our team is continuing our research and growing the database of service providers. We have created an application which allows the user to access an ever-improving database of categorized and geolocated service providers in an easy to use and access online application. The map allows the user to search through the counties which we have covered, filter through categories of service providers, search for providers near them, as well as easily use a number of other tools and features.

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