Imagine leaving the Maricopa County
jail system with a substance abuse problem, no resources, no job prospects, andno hope. What are the odds of long-term success? Now enter the reality of
Maricopa County’s Smart Justice initiatives, through which inmates withsubstance abuse problems are screened, receive intervention and referrals, and
upon release are supported in their job searches.
The County’s award-winning SmartJustice Employment Team helps people with criminal backgrounds find employment
by providing one-on-one career guidance, resume and interview support, and jobtraining. In fact, the County recently won national recognition for our work to
address the needs of those re-entering society after incarceration and toreduce recidivism in our community.
This is just one of our County
programs honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for modernizingcounty government and increasing services to our residents. NACo, an
organization that unites the nation’s nearly 3,100 counties, recognized thatour County programs have achieved measurable results worth sharing nationwide.
As the fastest growing county in the
nation, Maricopa County is recognized for visionary county leadership thatimproves our residents’ quality of life. From helping the next generation
breathe easier to using technology to provide best-in-class customer service,Maricopa County leads the way.
To see a list of all of our
Achievement Award winners, please visit NACo Achievement Awards.