Carol Shapiro

Languages Spoken: 
English

Envisioning an alternate system of criminal supervision

Ashoka Fellow, New York, USA


Carol developed a unique family case management (FCM) approach, now called the Bodega Model, which brings together the FCM team, including the supervisee, family members, the supervision officer, and a La Bodega family case manager, to create a web of support around the supervisee and the family. The Bodega Model supplements drug treatment and community supervision by building resilient family systems that encourage recovery and successful reintegration through support services. All La Bodega services are offered free of charge.In her study of the criminal justice system, Carol Shapiro discovered an untapped resource in the supervision of ex-offenders - families and communities. Government-run supervision agencies are entrusted with monitoring the progress of offenders once they are released in order to break cycles of drug abuse and recidivism. Carol is changing that conventional model, and creating a system to entrust families and communities with supervision of released prisoners.

Through her FCM approach, Carol presents an alternative to the punitive. The results of a recent Vera Institute of Justice evaluation of La Bodega demonstrated that a group of drug users and family members enrolled in La Bodega's FCM program had fewer cases of recidivism compared to a group of drug users and family members from a contiguous police precinct. Under Carol’s leadership, La Bodega has served over 1,300 families and has become an award winning national model of how to tap the resources of families for the law enforcement system.

Speech Topic: Juvenile Justice

Youth