Engaging the Community to Reduce Youth Recidivism

To reduce recidivism, the Los Angeles County Probation Department is turning to evidence-based practices and community-based services to help justice-involved youths succeed. To assist with these efforts, FUSE executive fellow Kim Bowman Jr. was tasked with improving the department’s ability to develop and retain effective leaders, while increasing community engagement in collaborative partnerships. His work included helping multiple diverse teams representing Probation, the community, and county partners develop critical countywide response plans and budgets. He led a team that produced project management tools and user-friendly guides, creating an online course that will be accessible to Probation employees. Kim also helped the department craft a new mission, vision, and core value statements, and supported workgroups tackling issues such as professional development and strategic planning. Kim is continuing to assist with the collaborative partnerships and management training initiatives that he helped establish. He is also designing and implementing a department-wide innovation program and assisting Probation leadership with mandated reform efforts.