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North Carolinas Serious & Violent Offender ReEntry Initiative: Going Home A Systemic Approach to Offender Reintegration Justice Systems Innovations NC.

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1 North Carolinas Serious & Violent Offender ReEntry Initiative: Going Home A Systemic Approach to Offender Reintegration Justice Systems Innovations NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services

2 Going Home Initiative Goals To ensure public safety by reducing recidivism through successful community reintegration. To create a sustainable transition & reentry process that ensures coordinated services & supervision for offenders released from prison. To establish a statewide network of government agencies, community & faith-based organizations, businesses & citizens committed to successful offender transition & reentry.

3 Framework Role Clarification Accountability Responsibility Training & Development

4 Durham 14 Alamance 15 Alexander 22 Alleghany 23 Anson Ashe Avery 24 2 Beaufort 6 Bertie 13 Bladen 13 Brunswick Buncombe 28 Burke 25 Cabarrus 19 Caldwell 25 3 Carteret Caswell 9 Catawba 25 Chatham 15 Cherokee Cleveland 13 Columbus 3 Craven 12 Cumberland Dare 1 Davidson 22 Davie 22 Duplin 4 7 Edgecombe Forsyth 21 9 Franklin 27 Gaston 1 Gates 30 Graham 9 Granville 8 Greene Guilford 18 6 Halifax Harnett 11 Haywood 30 Henderson 29 6 Hertford Hoke 16 2 Hyde Iredell 22 Jackson 30 Johnston 11 4 Jones Lee 11 8 Lenoir Lincoln 27 McDowell 29 Macon 30 Madison 24 2 Martin 26 Mecklenburg Mitchell Montgomery Moore 20 7 Nash New Hanover 5 Northampton 6 4 Onslow Orange 15 3 Pamlico Pender 5 Person 9 3 Pitt Polk 29 Randolph 19 Richmond 20 Robeson 16 Rockingham 17 Rowan 19 Rutherford 29 Sampson 4 16 Scotland Stanly 20 Stokes 17 Surry 17 Swain 30 Transylvania 29 2 Tyrrell Union 20 9 Vance Wake 10 9 Warren 2 Washington 24 Watauga 8 Wayne Wilkes 23 Wilson 7 Yadkin 23 Yancey 24 Pasquotank Perquimans Chowan Currituck Camden NC Reentry Cluster Communities Region 1 Region 4 Region 3Region 2 Clay 30

5 North Carolinas Offender Re-entry Process Offender Management Model (OMM) Clinical Assessment Individualized Case Plan CBI Substance Abuse Svcs Employment Medical Services Housing/Food/ Clothing Education/ Voc Training Transportation Continuous Case Management and Case Staffing Mental Health Services Phase 1: Division of Prisons Make a plan for the offenders reentry Participate in programs such as education, substance abuse & mental health treatment, life skills & job training Phase 2: Community Reentry Ongoing review & monitoring of the offenders reentry plan Participate in programs for needed services, such as supervised housing, job placement, education & treatment Phase 3: Long-term Support Long-term accountability for reentry plan Participate in aftercare treatment, ongoing mentoring, & support groups via community-based organizations

6 Target Population Released from prison with at least 90 days of community supervision (e.g., parole or post-release supervision) Age at time of release Going home to one of the cluster communities (see map)

7 Target Population Profile

8 Phase 1: Institution Plan for the offenders reentry Participation in programs such as academic & vocational education, substance abuse, & life skills Work on the unit or through work release, or participate in vocational programs or job training Receive medical & mental health treatment as needed

9 Institution Process Generate list of eligible inmates months prior to release Review list, verify eligibility, & contact case managers Discuss Going Home Initiative & schedule initial meeting

10 Institution Process (contd) Review inmates file Conduct Team meeting w/ Case Manager & Inmate (w/in 12 mos.) Complete needs assessment, OTI & Common Assessment Modify case plan Conduct Team meeting w/ Case Manager & Inmate (w/in 6 mos.) Review case plan Make recommendations for conditions of release Conduct Team meeting with Case Manager & Inmate (prior to release) Review case plan & make initial recommendations for community case plan Develop release schedule

11 Intended Outcomes Improve coordination of program & service delivery in prison Identify transition & reentry needs earlier Increase accountability for expected outcomes Institute an outcome-oriented case planning process Initiate a seamless transition from prison to the community

12 Education (academic & vocational) Vocational Rehabilitation Drug/Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) Character Education Transition Aftercare Network (TAN) Employment (Work Release, Corrections Enterprise) DOC Programs, Policies & Procedures Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) JOBSTART/JOBSTART II (Job Preparation for Offenders) Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP) New Case Management policy New Transition policy Transition Envelope

13 Phase 2: Community Reentry Ongoing review & monitoring of offenders reentry plan Participate in programs for needed treatment & services, such as supervised housing, job search & placement, academic & vocational education & treatment Develop mentoring relationship & supportive networks

14 Community Process Initiate 24-hour shadow (community mentor) Establish basic support system Begin probation supervision Develop community case plan with expanded Transition Team Monitor case plan Participation in programs & services Focus on housing, employment & mentoring Continue on-going case management

15 Intended Outcomes Re-assess offender for risk & need Monitor outcome-oriented case planning Increase accountability for expected outcomes Improve program & service delivery system in the community Emphasize specific transition issues such as housing, employment, mentoring & treatment

16 Phase 3: Long-term Support Identify goals for long- term accountability Participate in continuing care, mentoring & support groups Continue monitoring of reentry plan

17 Long-term Process Provide supportive network for offender Build capacity of community partners to provide supportive network for offenders Promote and cultivate relationships among network partners Conduct training and provide technical assistance and workshops

18 Intended Outcomes Establish long-term support & networks in the community Build capacity of communities to hold offenders accountable Build capacity of community-based organizations to support offenders in transition Share accountability for expected outcomes

19 Keys to Offender Reintegration Pre-release planning & preparation Post-release transitioning & supervision On-going community support An interlocking process involving the correctional system w/ state & local partners: Close supervision from day of release through transition by probation/parole officers, in concert w/ local law enforcement & community-based partners, is essential for keeping the offender focused on his/her reintegration case plan.

20 Post-Release Supervision Close supervision monitoring of the offender from the day of release through the end of the transitional phase by probation/ parole officers, in concert with local law enforcement & other community-based partners. This is crucial to keeping the offender on task in pursuing his or her reintegration case plan.

21 The Four Cs of Partnering Communication The free sharing of information and knowledge. Commitment A good-faith pledge by all partners to do whatever each has resources to do, with no concern for who gets credit. Coordination A sequenced plan of action, agreed to by all parties, delineating who will do what, when & for what duration. Collaboration A spirit of willing cooperation & mutual respect that allows different entities to share a common vision to contribute to the process.

22 5.Reintegration Culminates in the Community The ultimate challenge of the reintegration process occurs in the community. The community partners who will assume primary respons- ibility in this stage must be increasingly involved in the process as it progresses, ensuring continuity of support leading to offender reintegration.

23 Objectives of the Local Partner Process Increased understanding of the criminal justice system, corrections & offenders Enhanced ability to respond to public safety issues, as well as community concerns Integrated local resources & agency work Enhanced problem-solving skills around common interests An educated, diverse core group that can explain program & resource needs for system integration

24 Local Partner Process: Critical Elements Define a mechanism to facilitate two-way communication; All parties directly involved must be committed to the mechanism Representation from all appropriate segments of the community Define the roles & responsibilities of each partner Direct involvement in decision-making process Clearly defined procedures to hold each other accountable Each partners needs & limitations are acknow- ledged & addressed Orientations for all partners to learn about each other

25 Local Partner to do list Conduct resource mapping in major need areas: housing, employment, mentoring/life coaching & treatment Develop job description for contractual JobLink staff Build network capacity by participating in training & requesting technical assistance Develop leadership structure Develop regular meeting schedule Develop local Memoranda of Understanding & standard operating procedures Tour local prison & build relationships with staff

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