Aug 11, 2009

Using Technology for Reentry

We were excited to see that the Oregon Department of Corrections has launched the "Oregon Reentry Wiki."

For those of you who are not familiar with Wiki pages, it's a type of website that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most content very easily. At Wikipedia, people make these pages on all kinds of subjects, from the "apparent retrograde motion of Mars" to the history of fashion design. As Wikipedia says, it's a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

In Oregon, the idea is that this website will be a one-stop for resource information both for reentrants and for justice system partners. Additionally, community members will be able to learn about reentry and post information about events.

We created a login to test out how it works -- turns out that only certain people have privileges to edit information and create pages (not the general public), but it still a good idea for centralizing information.

What other technologies have you seen criminal justice entities use for successful interaction with the public? We're curious to hear how other jurisdictions are taking advantage of all the tech tools out there.