For helping ex-offenders--and detainees--get their lives back
Bill Johnson is the president and CEO of Corrisoft, a Lexington, Kentucky-based company that uses technology to disrupt the way the American criminal justice system manages offenders. The company’s Alternative to Incarceration via Rehabilitation (AIR) system issues smartphones, along with a Bluetooth-enabled anklet, to ex-offenders to help supervision agencies automate monitoring. What sets AIR apart is that Corrisoft also loads the program with partner resources, such as health and employment services. And now it’s working to keep people out of jail altogether. In 2015, Johnson, a mechanical engineer with an MBA from Western Kentucky University (and former president of Habitat for Humanity), secured a deal with the Manhattan district attorney’s office to use AIR to divert teenage defendants from Rikers Island. Teens are often detained in the notoriously violent jail while awaiting trial because they can’t afford bail. Pilot participants must adhere to an AIR–generated schedule, including school and counseling, to close their cases. Johnson's ultimate goal is to help the nation take a more holistic approach to criminal justice reform.