Reducing Juvenile Recidivism and Increasing Employment in Massachusetts

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | by Eileen Neely, Nadia Owusu

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In January 2014, Living Cities joined with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Third Sector Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Kresge, New Profit Foundation, and other local and national private and philanthropic funders to launch the nation's largest financial investment in a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative.

The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Social Innovation Financing Project, with Roca Inc., a Chelsea nonprofit, is designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. 

This piece focuses on all aspects of the Initiative, including the specific problem, Roca's intervention, and the savings for Massachusetts, among other items.