fighting recidivism, incarceration, and addiction
Reconnect is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) with the goal of fighting recidivism, incarceration and additiction through the creation of hardware and software.
When joining Reconnect in March 2020 I was brought on to help expand the product. Throughout my time with Reconnect I conducted over 30 interviews with Drug Courts and Probation Departments to get down to the route of the pain points within the industry. With that information in hand I collaborated with the Product Manager and VP of design to highlight the needs, create a timeline, execute the designs and work with the development team to launch.
By October, I led multiple projects where we added over 15 major features to the web app as well as re-designing the mobile app.
Interviews, competitive analysis, sketching, user testing, mid + high fidelity wire-framing prototyping, information architecture, graphic, print, icon and UI design.
Probation Departments and Drug Courts | Web App
Prior to COVID-19 Drug Courts and Probation Departments were in need for software that could help them manage their clients without creating more work. Once COVID-19 arrived in the United States the need grew. Probation departments were now having to monitor their clients remotely which brought a whole new challenge.
Clients in Probation Departments and Drug Courts | Android + iOS Mobile App
During interviews we found a handful of major challenges in regards to how users felt about our initial app. One of the largest challenges being that most participants were in a program they didn't want to be in, using an app they definitely didn't want to use. We needed ways to connect the participant and case managers seamlessly, provide the user with motivation, and help them manage their schedule in order to give them the best chance of successfully completing their program.
Throughout my time with Reconnect I conducted over 20 interviews with users in the industry, including but not limited to Case Managers, Probation Officers, Chief Probation officers and clients on probation.
Due to the nature of the software I am not at liberty to display interview information on here, however, I would be happy to discuss and answer any questions about this process.
POINT OF VIEW
When deciding which programs we were going to design for we put together personas to get a better understanding of which programs fit most closely with our current offerings and out plan for our future offerings.
JOHN JACOB 43
Chief Probation Officer with a Masters in Criminal Justice. Professional, likable, passionate, organized.
ASHLEY JACKSON 35
San Diego, California
Drug Court, Court Director with a bachelors. Empathic, resilient, logical, adaptable.
JEREMY THOMAS 46
Court Director at a Sobriety Court with a bachelors degree. Optimistic, honest, determined, intelligent.
I created fully- interactive prototypes of each feature I worked on. We utilized these prototypes to interview clients in order to ensure we were creating the best product to solve their solutions. I also used these when working with the developers in order to explain flows and interactions.