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Re: [betaNYC] Density of Former Inmates by Census Tract

From: user 3.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:14 PM
I don't know of any specific data sets, but the Fortune Society is the main social service organization in NY working with former convicts.  You might also try reaching out to the Midtown Community Court, where I once did volunteer work with ex-offenders.

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM, Sanjay Seth <[address removed]> wrote:
Thanks again to the folks who pulled the info from the NYPD map.

I started looking at the density of blotter reports, adjusted to population by census tract. Here's a (very rough) peek: 

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What I would like to learn next is the density of former inmates, i.e. where they settle after they are released from prison. I want to look at correlations between the distribution of the post-incarceration population and access to social services, transportation, affordable housing, open space, etc. Something similar was done with the Justice Mapping project (Million Dollar Blocks) -- but I'm not sure where they pulled their address-based data from. Any ideas where that data exists? 

The goal is to develop a metric of social vulnerability index for specific populations (youth, disabled, elderly, former prisoners) by census tract, looking for hotspots where actors can get the greatest return on investment, in terms of social goods and reduced inequality. Youth, disabled, and elderly are easy to search out through the Census, but I find it difficult to get a handle on those who were formerly imprisoned. 

Let me know if anyone has a good lead to that kind of data. Otherwise, looking forward to connecting with y'all at the IBM event this Wednesday. 



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