Inside Out Network, Illinois & Arizona
- Sponsoring Organization: Inside Out Network
- City/State: Illinois & Arizona
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Grant Amount: $15,000
Maddi Briguglio started with the Inside Out Network (ION) in August 2020 as an intern and joined the team full-time a few months later as the program manager for its Illinois team. The ION is an interactive online system that connects returning citizens with service providers. As program manager, Briguglio works to build a thriving network and implement the ION platform across Illinois by connecting with service providers, assists the Illinois Department of Corrections with both inmate registration and staff training, and is involved with reentry coalitions and communities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., and went on to earn her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from ASU. During a year off before pursuing her master’s, Briguglio volunteered for the Arizona Department of Corrections and helped host activities for the women incarcerated at Perryville Prison, Goodyear, Ariz.
An “eHarmony for reentry,” the Inside Out Network (ION) online platform makes it easy for returning citizens and service providers to search, find relevant matches, connect with, and even reach out proactively and message each other. ION has forged partnerships with departments of corrections and launched the platform across in Arizona and Illinois with 3,000 returning citizens and 340 service providers registered and active. Now they are planning to broaden and deepen their engagement in both states, expand to three additional states by the end of 2023, and have 20,000 returning citizens enrolled and 850 service providers who are actively engaging with each other on the platform by that time.