In 2015, California Senator, Kamala Harris awarded Merit Partners a “Smart on Crime” award for reducing recidivism!
The Division of Recidivism Reduction and Reentry presents the inaugural Smart on Crime Awards, recognizing individuals who are leading the way in innovative criminal justice programs. These award recipients have demonstrated leadership in the development of successful recidivism reduction programs and are making substantial contributions to reentry efforts in California. The awardees’ work is preparing offenders to thrive when they return to their communities through efforts like education, job training and recovery. These individuals champion programs that increase community safety and promote a greater understanding of justice and fairness in the criminal justice system. This work holds offenders accountable yet connects them with the opportunities and tools they need to rebuild their lives. “These organizations are doing innovative work to educate, employ and keep ex-offenders on track, which will reduce recidivism rates and increase public safety in California,” said Attorney General Harris. “These awardees are keeping ex-offenders accountable by empowering them to rebuild their lives and reenter their communities with a toolbox of new skills and opportunities. We want to recognize their great work, sharing their efforts as best practices for others to follow.”