Who We Help
Acivilate™ helps professionals in different phases and domains of the criminal justice system including:
- Problem-Solving Courts
- Prison and Jail
- Parole and Probation
- Juvenile Justice
The cloud-based Acivilate™ Pokket℠ platform bridges gaps and improves communication and collaboration between community supervision, state, local and community social service providers, reentering citizens and their families. Whether citizens are reentering society from prison or jail, working through parole assignments from drug courts, mental health courts, juvenile courts or other Alternatives to Incarceration (ATIs), the Acivilate™ Pokket℠ platform enables them to help themselves and maximize the many supports and services that are available to them.
Acivilate™ Helps in the Pre-Trial Phase
With more jurisdictions questioning the efficacy and equity of money bail, pre-trial practices are changing. For example, one program showed that reminder telephone calls were able to reduce the incidence of Failure-To-Appear by 40%, regardless of bail. However, judges are still responsible for ensuring public safety. Individuals may be required to attend programs or demonstrate good behavior while released and awaiting trial.
Acivilate™ can help by providing a way for an individual to connect with programs and demonstrate good behavior to the court at the time of trial. The individual can organize documentation, such as letters of support from the community, or employment records, to share with their defense attorney or the court.
Acivilate™ Helps in Problem-Solving Courts
Rehabilitation is at the core of Problem-Solving Courts, also known as Collaborative Courts, or Alternatives-To-Incarceration. A problem-solving court seeks to understand the causes of an individual's behavior and resolve that root cause. Such resolution may include behavioral health treatment, workforce development services or family counseling, all of which must be coordinated.
Defendants can use the Pokket℠ platform to manage appointments and voluntarily demonstrate compliance with program requirements such as attending group counseling, as well as assembling paperwork to demonstrate participation.
At the individual level, with the defendant's consent, the judge may view part or all of the behavioral record generated, giving the judge the context to determine appropriate sanctions or rewards, up to and including revocation. In the aggregate, the court can assess the fidelity of interventions to ensure expected outcomes are maintained.
While not all problems are due to health matters, substance abuse and mental health conditions are over-represented in the criminal justice population. 42 CFR Part 2 defines limitations and permissions on justice-health information-sharing in the criminal justice system, but the individual retains the right to share their own information with others, even if they do not always have the right to restrict access to or use of their information. An individual genuinely seeking to improve their situation will take advantage of the means offered by Pokket℠ to support their own recovery.
Acivilate™ Helps in Prisons and Jails
Prisons and jails are healthcare providers. Continuity of care is a constant challenge. In the case of chronic diseases such as diabetes, poor condition management can have expensive and permanent consequences. In the case of mental health conditions, a change in medication can trigger precisely the problematic behaviors that led to incarceration.
Pokket℠ provides a way for health information to be shared with outside service providers, whether contracted to deliver care within a facility, or more commonly as the individual is released. The returning citizen can chose to share their Pokket℠ account with the provider and see pertinent information submitted by the attending physician. This use case is classic patient-mediated exchange, between the criminal justice system and the health system.
Acivilate™ Helps in Reentry
Preparing for reentry is a daunting experience for most individuals, whether being released to community supervision or maxing out. Many jurisdictions have learned the wisdom of developing reentry plans and providing referrals to community-based service providers, but so many connections can be challenging to manage and sequence correctly. Pokket℠ provides a way for returning citizens to build, execute and track a reentry plan. They can connect with service providers for referrals and cope with the associated paperwork. One service provider can discover the identity of other people on the returning citizen's care team to support better coordination.
Acivilate™ Helps during Parole or Probation
Pokket℠ provides opportunities for enhanced communication and coordination with community supervision staff increasing the likelihood of successful reentry and completion of court-ordered conditions.
Parole and probation officers are obligated to enforce the conditions of release placed on an individual. However, caseloads are high, and turnover in the workforce can make it difficult to maintain continuity in case management. Officers need to allocate their time effectively. A probationer or parolee may selectively share information, such as job application history, rent receipts or attendance at counseling, once the officer has established a trust relationship with the individual. The officer then has fingertip access to information, so they can spend less time on paperwork and more time on interventions.
Pokket℠ can provide information sharing that enables supervisors to concentrate their efforts on those individuals who are struggling or who represent an immediate risk. Timely intervention and guidance by an officer may make the difference between revocation and successful reentry.
Acivilate™ Helps with Reintegration into Society
If reentry represents a moment in time, reintegration can last a lifetime. Returning citizens may aspire to long term goals such as learning a trade or professional license. They may need to regain voting rights. Some individuals serve as trained peer counselors, helping those who follow behind them to become successful. The same need for organization and communication exists in this phase, as in earlier phases, and the same need for planning to achieve personally defined goals.
Acivilate™ Helps in Juvenile Justice
Juvenile justice poses unique challenges, as the correctional system struggles to balance the need to discipline a youth with the understanding that their decision-making skills and self-control have not fully matured. Pokket helps by providing a way to keep the youth, the family, supervision and community providers on the same page regarding the treatment plan and sanctions.
Under the law, the youth may not have the right to provide informed consent to information-sharing, but they need to be involved in treatment planning and kept unambiguously informed of their obligations. The parent or guardian must also be informed and involved, if they are to provide guidance, encouragement and discipline for the youth to succeed. Many parents cannot afford to miss work frequently to attend case meetings or court dates and may not always have a straight-forward relationship with their child. However, if they know when meetings are scheduled, they can remind the child of attendance. Pokket provides a secure, confidential means for the guardian and supervision officer to communicate and share documentation, avoiding potentially costly misunderstandings. The youth can gradually take on more responsibility as part of their rehabilitation and development.