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1 Alabama Department of Corrections
Dr. Eddie E. Lancaster

2 Collaborating to Deliver Best Practices in Education within the Alabama Department of Corrections…

3 Crime Continues 33, ,000 11,000 The Criminal Mind & Criminal Thinking - March 2012

4 Alabama Department of Corrections Pre-Release and Re-Entry Module Overview
ADOC Goals for Prisoner Re-Entry Decrease the overall prison recidivism rates and overcrowding Promote public safety for the general community Reunite parents and children Decrease public health and social disparities within the offender populations Offer referral linkages to inmates and ex-offenders transitioning back into the community Target Populations – inmates within days of one of the following release status: SRP Transfers Split Sentence Probationers Parole Candidates End of Sentence Program Duration: 1-2 weeks Pre Release and Re-Entry Program Staff: Institutional Reentry Designees

5 Pre-Release Program Model (Life Enrichment Modules)
Module Name Module Information Module 1: Addiction & Recovery Living Sober Understanding the Relapse Process Phases & Warning Signs of Relapse Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Statewide roster of AA & NA meetings 12-Step/Secular Sponsorship & Support Accessing drug treatment, halfway houses, Aftercare/Continuing Care, & I.O.P. Services Module 2: Job, Career, Communication and Financial Skills Accepting Responsibility Self-Directed Job Search & Career Planning Communication Skills Financial Management Vocational Training Resume Writing Module 3: Faith, Communication, & Character-Building Skills God / Faith / Character Faith-Based Resources/Community Linkages Spiritual Enrichment and Mentoring Communication & Relationship Skills Character-Building Skills Reintegration into Society

6 Module Module Name Module Information
Health, Education, Screenings & Referrals Health of Whole Body Preventative Health Education Programs (HIV/AIDS, STDs. Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Tobacco Use, Body Piercing and Tattooing, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Nutrition, Physical Fitness) Health Information and Communication Referrals to County Health Departments, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Mental Health Centers Gender-Specific Health Information Initiatives Module 5: Family Re-Integration Building Bridges Barriers & Challenges in Returning to Family Child Development & Disciplinary Issues Re-establishing Intimacy & Sexual Relations Co-Parenting and Family Development Conflict Resolution/Anger/Stress Management Re-Entry Support Group and Community Resources Module 6: Law Enforcement Living By The Law NCIC Background Checks Process Release ID Card and C-80 Release Papers Exit/Release Packet: Parole Papers, Bus Ticket, ID Verification, Clothing, Information on Existing Felony Warrants, Misdemeanors, and Detainers

7 Module 7 Education

8 Alabama Department of Corrections EDUCATION
Robert Bentley Governor Kim T. Thomas Commissioner Alabama Department of Corrections EDUCATION 8

9 Inmate Education Data for FY2011
Adult Basic Education Average per month 654 GED’s Awarded for FY Enrolled in Vocational Education Average per month Vocational Education Certificates for FY


11 ADOC Educational Partners
Calhoun Community College Limestone Correctional Facility Gadsden State Community College St. Clair Correctional Facility Jefferson Davis Community College Fountain Correctional Facility Holman Prison JF Ingram Draper Correctional Facility Elmore Correctional Facility Frank Lee Community Based Facility Kilby Correctional Facility Staton Correctional Facility Lawson State Community College Tutwiler Prison for Women Shelton State Community College W.E. Donaldson Correctional Facility Bibb County Correctional Facility Wallace Community College Easterling Correctional Facility Ventress Correctional Facility Enterprise Childersburg Central Alabama Community College Childersburg Work Release Center Alex City Work Release Center

12 PACE Learning Systems DISTANCE LEARNING… Following Pre-loaded Programs Workforce Development – How to get a job Employability Skills / Training – Pre-employment skills

13 PACE Life Skills – Dealing with Conflict Self Concept
Dealing with Emotions / Stress Setting Goals Solving Problems Managing Time Clear Thinking Identifying Work Styles Education Opportunities Effective Listening Assertivness Self Esteem Dealing with Conflict Setting Priorities Decision Making Planning Dealing With Criticism Identifying Interest Why We Work Dealing With Failure Effective Speaking Relating To People

14 Change Criminal Thinking

15 (Ohio Risk and Needs Assessment)
Identification ORAS (Ohio Risk and Needs Assessment) High Medium Low

16 New Thinking! The criminal is not the victim
The criminal chooses crime The criminal rejects society

17 Criminal and Addictive Thinking Pattern
Thinking Addiction Victim stance Self Pity Good Person stance Better Unique Person stance Outstanding Fear of Exposure Masking Selective Effort Acting Power to Control Deceit Seek Excitement Self Pleasure

18 The Christopher Columbus Style of Program Design
When he set out… He didn’t know where he was going. When he got there… He didn’t know where he was. When he got back… He didn’t know where he had been.

19 Evidence Based – What does it mean?
There are different forms of evidence: The lowest form is anecdotal evidence; stories, opinions, testimonials, case studies, etc., but it often makes us feel good. The highest form is empirical evidence – research, data, results from controlled studies, etc., but sometimes it doesn’t make us feel good.

20 Evidence Based – What does it mean? Con’t
To understand what works in reducing recidivism you first have to understand the factors that are correlated with criminal conduct. So, what are the major risk/need factors?

21 Evidenced Based – What does it mean, con’t
Major Set of Risk/Need Factors Antisocial/procriminal attitudes, values, beliefs and cognitive-emotional states Cognitive Emotional States: Rage Anger Defiance Criminal Identity

22 Identifying Procriminal Attitudes, Values and Beliefs
What to listen for: Negative expression about the law Negative expression about conventional institution, values, rules, & procedures; including authority Negative expressions about self-management of behavior; including problem solving ability Negative attitudes toward self and one’s ability to achieve through conventional means Lack of empathy and sensitivity toward others

23 Evidence Based – What does it mean? Con’t
Identifying Procriminal Attitudes, Values & Beliefs Procriminal sentiments are what people think, not how people think; they comprise the content of thought, not the skills of thinking.

24 Definitely NOT Criminogenic Needs
Some so called “theories” we have come across “Been there done that ” “Offenders lack creativity” “Offenders need to get back to nature” “Offenders lack discipline” “Offenders lack organizational skills” “Offenders have low self-esteem”

25 So called theories, con’t
“Offenders need to change their diet” “Treat them as babies & dress them in diapers” “We just want them to be happy” “Offenders (females) need to learn to put on makeup & dress better” “Male offenders need to get in touch with their feminine side”

26 Global Priority Attitude Hard Work Honesty Listening Goals Saving
Responsibility Patience Generosity Conflict


28 Thank you!!

29 Dr. Eddie Lancaster Alabama Department of Corrections
301 South Ripley Street Montgomery, Al – office – cell

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