Center for Justice Innovation

Expanding Our Expertise on a National Scale

MCCD welcomes you to the Center for Justice Innovation, the consulting branch of our agency that offers services to clients across the United States.

MCCD’s Center for Justice Innovation specializes in adult corrections and justice policy issues and seeks to build capacity within state and local jurisdictions to improve both system and individual offender outcomes through the use of evidence-based practices.


The Center is led by Dennis Schrantz, MCCD’s former executive director, who has worked in over a dozen states in the past 10 years to assist state and local jurisdictions in improving their policies and practices to reduce incarceration and improve performance through the development and implementation of evidence-based and national best practices.


One of Mr. Schrantz’s major accomplishments in prisoner reentry was his work over seven years in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) where, as chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. The MDOC worked with MCCD and Public Policy Associates to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI), building on Mr. Schrantz’s work in the department in the early 1990s on implementing the Michigan Community Corrections Act.

The Center Aims to Improve Outcomes Such As: 

  • Fewer crimes committed by formerly incarcerated individuals and individuals who have been or are currently under correctional supervision in the community


  • Community and institution-based programs that demonstrate increased fidelity to the standards of evidence-based practices


  • Prevention of unnecessary confinement of offenders in jail and prisons


  • Reduced costs and improved efficiencies

Current Projects 


MCCD’s Center for Justice Innovation is working in Arizona and Louisiana to reduce their prison populations through increased emphasis on informed justice policy that reduces prison admissions, reduces the length of stay of persons in prison and improves former prisoner outcomes through improved prisoner reentry. 








Our work in Arizona is under the National Criminal Justice Reform Project. For more information and details, go to: and scroll to: Improving the Reentry Process and Reducing Offender Recidivism. We’ll update the website once the work in Arizona begins in March, 2017.



Louisiana has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the nation with 816 per 100,000 compared to 471 nationally; one in 26 adults is under correctional control, compared to 1 in 31 nationally. 


  • Nearly half of the 36,000 incarcerated are serving their sentences in local parish jails for which the state is paying over $172 million per year to house.


  • Of the 64 parishes in Louisiana, 12 parishes account for 67% of the incarcerated population and 62% of the returning population; the five largest urban parishes (Orleans, Jefferson, East Baton Rouge, Caddo and St. Tammany) account for 40% of the returning population.


  • The statewide 5 year recidivism rate is 42% while the top 12 parishes have a 56% rate - by targeting these 12 parishes, beginning with the top five, the statewide recidivism rate will drop. 


  • For every 10% reduction in recidivism in the state’s 12 largest parishes, the state will save over $3 million.  A 50% rate reduction will save over $15 million.

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Louisiana Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (LA-PRI)

The Louisiana Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (LA-PRI) is the framework for prisoner reentry the state. The vision of the LA-PRI is that every prisoner returning to their community with the tools and resources needed for success.


  • The LA-PRI is a partnership between DPSC, the Board of Parole, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Center for Justice Innovation, Louisiana State University, the business community, the philanthropic community, and parishes throughout the state which have formed ReEntry Coalitions and local reentry implementation teams that focus on improved case planning and management.


  • The goal of the LA-PRI is to cut the recidivism rate for moderate and high risk returning prisoners, beginning with the parishes that contribute the highest number of prisoners to the system.  


  • Objectives include working with communities to demonstrate reduced recidivism through improved case planning and case management, built on actuarial risk/need assessment, good data, enhanced human service delivery and, comprehensive planning.


  • A major focus is on creating transitional and permanent jobs by working with Louisiana’s business community and building affordable housing opportunities.


  • Returning prisoners need supervision and services to manage and reduce their risk and address their needs – especially for sustainable employment, affordable housing and substance abuse.


  • The LA-PRI will show that expanded pre/post release reentry services under improved case planning and management can cut the return to prison recidivism rate for targeted offenders.



The LA-PRI is being implemented in several stages:


1. Development and Planning with the DOC to adapt the Center's national model for Louisiana (2015-2016).


2. Further development and Planning at the parish level in the "top five" parishes which contribute 40% of all prisoners to the system: Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany (early 2017).


3. The development of: local parish Community Assessments, parish-based demographics, aggregate data of prisoner populations and their risk/need characteristics, and the annual number of releases (called "pipeline data") so that they can develop a local "annual comprehensive prisoner reentry plan" for 2018 (late 2017).


4. Implementation of the improved individualized case management policies and procedures, including "prison in-reach", so that some number of moderate to high risk prisoners have ReEntry Accountability Plans (REAPs) that span the prison, pre-release, release, supervision continuum (beginning late 2017).


5. Repeating steps 2-4 with the next 7 parishes that contribute the next 30% of all prisoners to the system: Boosier, Calcasieu, Lafayette, Livingston, Ouachita, Rapides and Terrebonne.


The LA-PRI is a collaborative effort with several policy and advocacy coalitions to gain broad support for the initiative, "… the evidence-based, policy-driven, data-informed framework for statewide implementation of prisoner reentry in Louisiana". These groups include: Right on Crime, Smart on Crime, Louisianians for Prison Alternatives, the Re-Entry Alliance for Louisiana (REAL), and the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force


For more information, go to:


Summary of the Approach for the LA-PRA


Summary of the LA-PRI Framework


Descriptions of the State*


Local Governance Structures that comprise the Model  


* The state structure is a draft, being revised this month and next as described in the document, but has been in existence since 2015.

Dennis Schrantz 

Director, Center for Justice Innovation

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