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LinkedOut: Codesigning societal reentry with returning citizens

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Rubez Chong

Rubez Chong

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LinkedOut aims to define and build solutions to facilitate societal reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.

In collaboration with the Office of Returning Citizens (ORC), an office under the City of Boston that facilitates reentry, LinkedOut is working to design a reentry infrastructure to shut the revolving door of incarceration and reincarceration.

Our work seeks to break down the structural and societal barriers to successful reentry. At the structural level, we are building technologies to develop richer data biographies of the lives of returning citizens, and in doing so provide policymakers with the robust data required for effective reentry programs. Importantly, our goal is to embed values in technology design to humanize the reentry process. On the societal level, we have begun to expose holes in the moral fabric of society as we draw attention to the dehumanization and stigmatization of returning citizens. These invisible societal norms disempower returning citizens from rebuilding their lives. Thus, our work demands a reimagination of our current justice system—one that rehabilitates rather than retribut… View full description

LinkedOut aims to define and build solutions to facilitate societal reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.

In collaboration with the Office of Returning Citizens (ORC), an office under the City of Boston that facilitates reentry, LinkedOut is working to design a reentry infrastructure to shut the revolving door of incarceration and reincarceration.

Our work seeks to break down the structural and societal barriers to successful reentry. At the structural level, we are building technologies to develop richer data biographies of the lives of returning citizens, and in doing so provide policymakers with the robust data required for effective reentry programs. Importantly, our goal is to embed values in technology design to humanize the reentry process. On the societal level, we have begun to expose holes in the moral fabric of society as we draw attention to the dehumanization and stigmatization of returning citizens. These invisible societal norms disempower returning citizens from rebuilding their lives. Thus, our work demands a reimagination of our current justice system—one that rehabilitates rather than retributes, that embraces rather than excludes—to design for a successful reentry journey.

Here are some of our current deliverables:

  1. Defining metrics for measuring resilience
  2. Designing UX/UI for Case Management Model system
  3. Developing an accountability tool for returning citizens to reclaim their reentry journey 
  4. Building a service design framework for the Office of Returning Citizens

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Rubez Chong