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Jenna Arzinger: Reducing Recidivism, Promoting Health

 

ABOUT

  • Jenna Arzinger became involved with the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC), an alliance committed to finding solutions by investing in prevention and treatment rather than arrest and incarceration, because she was deeply inspired by and supportive of their approach.
  • The project that impacted Jenna the most was her work with the Pasedena/Altadena Reintegration Council (PARC). PARC offers a monthly resource fair of services ranging from mental health to tattoo removal for the growing number of individuals who are released from county jails with no resources, which greatly increases the likelihood of recidivism. 

IMPACT

  • As Jenna heard firsthand accounts of how formerly incarcerated individuals had turned their lives around and saw how desperately these individuals wanted to succeed, she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in which she could work with the formerly incarcerated to help them reintegrate into society.
  • As these individuals rejoin society, they are able to improve their health as well as the health of their communities. However, without providing them resources that exponentially increase their chances of succeeding, the cycle of crime and incarceration continues, incurring great cost and detriment to themselves and society.  

"I learned that community partnerships such as this one are essential to promoting public health."