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Alabama Department of Corrections Pre-Release and Re-Entry Module Overview Decrease the overall prison recidivism rates and overcrowding Decrease the overall prison recidivism rates and overcrowding Promote public safety for the general community Promote public safety for the general community Reunite parents and children Reunite parents and children Decrease public health and social disparities within the offender populations Decrease public health and social disparities within the offender populations Offer referral linkages to inmates and ex-offenders transitioning back into the community Offer referral linkages to inmates and ex-offenders transitioning back into the community Program Duration: ADOC Goals for Prisoner Re-Entry Target Populations – inmates within 30-90 days of one of the following release status: SRP Transfers Split Sentence Probationers End of Sentence Parole Candidates Pre Release and Re-Entry Program Staff: 1-2 weeks Institutional Reentry Designees
Pre-Release Program Model (Life Enrichment Modules) ModuleModule NameModule 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
Module Module NameModule Information Module 4: 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) 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 Module 6: Law Enforcement Living By The Law 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 Conflict Resolution/Anger/Stress Management Re-Entry Support Group and Community Resources 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
Robert Bentley Governor Kim T. Thomas Commissioner
Inmate Education Data for FY2011 Adult Basic Education Average per month654 Average per month654 GEDs Awarded for FY 2011 658 for FY 2011 658 Enrolled in Vocational Education Average per month 765 Average per month 765 Vocational Education Certificates Vocational Education Certificates for FY 2011 599 for FY 2011 599
ADOC Educational Partners Calhoun Community College Limestone Correctional Facility Gadsden State Community College Gadsden State Community College St. Clair Correctional Facility St. Clair Correctional Facility Jefferson Davis Community College Jefferson Davis Community College Fountain Correctional Facility Fountain Correctional Facility Holman Prison Holman Prison JF Ingram JF Ingram Draper Correctional Facility Draper Correctional Facility Elmore Correctional Facility Elmore Correctional Facility Frank Lee Community Based Facility Frank Lee Community Based Facility Kilby Correctional Facility Kilby Correctional Facility Staton Correctional Facility Staton Correctional Facility Lawson State Community College Tutwiler Prison for Women 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 EnterpriseChildersburg Central Alabama Community College Central Alabama Community College Childersburg Work Release Center Childersburg Work Release Center Alex City Work Release Center Alex City Work Release Center
DISTANCE LEARNING… Following Pre-loaded Programs Workforce Development – How to get a job Employability Skills / Training – Pre-employment skills PACE Learning Systems
PACE Life Skills – Life Skills – 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
Identification ORAS (Ohio Risk and Needs Assessment) High High Medium Medium Low Low
New Thinking! A.The criminal is not the victim B.The criminal chooses crime C.The criminal rejects society
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
The Christopher Columbus Style of Program Design When he set out… He didnt know where he was going. When he got there… He didnt know where he was. When he got back… He didnt know where he had been.
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 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 doesnt make us feel good. The highest form is empirical evidence – research, data, results from controlled studies, etc., but sometimes it doesnt make us feel good.
Evidence Based – What does it mean? Cont 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?
Evidenced Based – What does it mean, cont Major Set of Risk/Need Factors Antisocial/procriminal attitudes, values, beliefs and cognitive-emotional states Cognitive Emotional States: Rage Rage Anger Anger Defiance Defiance Criminal Identity Criminal Identity
Identifying Procriminal Attitudes, Values and Beliefs What to listen for: Negative expression about the law Negative expression about the law Negative expression about conventional institution, values, rules, & procedures; including authority Negative expression about conventional institution, values, rules, & procedures; including authority Negative expressions about self-management of behavior; including problem solving ability Negative expressions about self-management of behavior; including problem solving ability Negative attitudes toward self and ones ability to achieve through conventional means Negative attitudes toward self and ones ability to achieve through conventional means Lack of empathy and sensitivity toward others Lack of empathy and sensitivity toward others
Evidence Based – What does it mean? Cont 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.
Definitely NOT Criminogenic Needs Some so called theories we have come across Been there done that 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
So called theories, cont 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
Global Priority Attitude Attitude Hard Work Hard Work Honesty Honesty Listening Listening Goals Goals Saving Saving Responsibility Responsibility Patience Patience Generosity Generosity Conflict Conflict