Sarah Schelle

Schelle is the deputy director of legislative services at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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Sarah Schelle is improving prison safety while helping released prisoners establish stable lives and reducing recidivism. Schelle helped create a risk-assessment tool that uses predictive analytics from SAS to reduce violence in prisons and improve guard safety. With four times the accuracy in predicting violence, staff assaults dropped 50% in six months. Inmate-on-inmate assaults dropped 20%. She helped launch a program that analyzes workforce, education, geographic and corrections data to help DoC match soon-to-be-released offenders with job opportunities, while considering frequent transportation and education limitations. It also matches offenders with certificate programs they can complete before release to increase earning potential.

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.

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