What We Do

Marion County Re-entry Coalition (MCRC), founded in 2009 and originally known as Leadership in Action Program (LAP), is a coalition of organizations and individuals who serve people re-entering the community after incarceration that works to redesign the system and create opportunities for community- and faith-based providers, as well as criminal justice agencies, to align their resources, work in collaboration and share best practices, experiences, and resources in an effort to enhance services for re-entrants in Indianapolis. The MCRC uses a results-based framework to achieve their targeted result that “all adults in Marion County involved in the justice system are successfully integrated into the community.”


In 2013, the City-County Council convened a Study Commission on Re-entry and, over the course of several months, heard presentations about the challenges faced by returning citizens from formerly incarcerated individuals, state and city criminal justice leaders, agency heads, and other key stakeholders. From that process, the City-County Council developed 26 recommendations related to a variety of re-entry issues and named the MCRC as the agency responsible for moving the recommendations forward. The MCRC researched, prioritized, and implemented the recommendations over the next three years. The recommendations were sunsetted with a final report published in December 2016. The MCRC is a lead implementation partner on Plan 2020 employment strategies and is an active partner on the Mayor’s Task Force for Criminal Justice Reform. With funding from the Indianapolis Foundation, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Center (GIPC) provides administrative support and oversight to the MCRC through a contract with Community Solutions, Inc.

Re-Entry Approach

The MCRC developed a re-entry approach that is rooted in national research and best practice. The MCRC believes that the system should include these elements if it aims to improve the likelihood of success for the returning citizen, streamline resources, and encourage agency/provider collaboration.

  • Provide person-centered care

  • Include a comprehensive assessment that:

    • Assesses risks and needs

    • Is strengths-based and builds on client resiliencies

    • Is client-driven (empowering, builds client’s self-efficacy)

  • Offer comprehensive services and supports to meet needs identified in the assessment:

    • Care coordination (wraparound approach with team-based case planning when possible)

    • Community-based

    • Client-driven (includes choice in services and providers)

    • Culturally-responsive (gender, faith, etc.)

    • Include evidence-based services that address cognitive risks/needs (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy)

    • Use peer supports and mentoring

  • Provide integrated services and supports collaboration between systems and providers

  • Involve families and other allies

  • Support continuity of care

    • Focus on the transition from incarceration (Connects re-entrants to services pre-release and provides ongoing support post-release)

  • Include ongoing monitoring and support

  • Outcomes and research-driven (Evaluation)

  • Include system-wide education and training (Provide capacity-building opportunities to agencies that serve re-entrants)

  • Remove system and individual level barriers

How We Do Our Work

The MCRC uses a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework to move from talk to action. The coalition is data-driven and measures its progress through two population-level indicators:


  1. 6 and 12-month rate of re-arrest

  2. 6 and 12-month rate of return to incarceration