Presentation on theme: "A BLUEPRINT TO A SUCCESSFUL RE-ENTRY PROGRAM Facilitator: J. McKinzie, BBA,M.ED Shelby County Division of Corrections 13 th Annual NPCL Conference June."— Presentation transcript:
A BLUEPRINT TO A SUCCESSFUL RE-ENTRY PROGRAM Facilitator: J. McKinzie, BBA,M.ED Shelby County Division of Corrections 13 th Annual NPCL Conference June 8-11, 2011 Arlington, VA
INCARCERATION RE-ENTRY STATISTICS 285 millions men and women are incarcerated in the U.S. 95% of all state prisoners will be released from prisons. Since 2000, there has been a release increase of 20% which means approximately 9 million people are released back into the community. But the question is, how are we going to assist them in their re-entry State of TNNational Average Parolee8,7211863 per 100000 Probationer49,302447per 100000 Incarceration29,369Approx. 285 Million
Preparing for Re-entry Building positive relationships Understanding dysfunctional relationships Establishing safe boundaries Effective communication Roles and responsibilities Identifying fears and expectations Identifying resources necessary for a successful release Planning that first day "outside" Very Important Re-Entry Plan
What About the Boot? GO! Defend for yourself How? Needs support system Who? Go! Back into your community Old Habits, Life Style Addictions Issues GO! We will see you in 2 to 3 years (recidivism) The tendency to relapse into a previous undesirable type of behavior, especially crime. Recidivism or a new undesirable behavior will occur if we don’t have a post- release, follow-up initiatives in place for a successful re-entry
Are They Really “FREE”? Probation Parole Discrimination/Prejudice Mindset There is a Process to become “Free” just like it was a process that lead to incarceration. A series of steps or actions directed toward a specific aim of change and development Re-entry Agencies must assist in a successful re-entry
Family Concerns When will he/she get a job? What if he/she does not remain clean and sober? Will we recognize him/her? Will he/she go back to their old lifestyle and friends ? What is his/her new role in the family? When can we trust him/her again? (checkbook, discipline, intimacy, etc.)
CHALLENGES OF RE-ENTRY Getting a job Staying clean and sober Building positive, and established new relationships What is my new role going? Fear of failing (this is huge) Trust will have to be re-built and will take time What are the expectations of each family member and how can those be prioritized?
PRE-RELEASE PROGRAM 12 Hrs Life Skills Program Vocational, Trade & Apprentice Ex-offenders Employment Service Post-release Reporting Agency Re-entry Resource Center Family Group Conference Addiction Relapse Prevention
Re-Entry Programs Diagram Free Counseling Services Pre-ReleasePost-Release Ex-Offenders Employment Agency Addictions Program Certification Program/GED Prep Transitional Housing/Mission 12 Hrs. of Life Skills Support Groups Family G roup Conference Job Readiness College/Trade Enrollment Monthly Reporting System Crisis-Ex-offenders Hotline Mentoring Program Community Resource Entrepreneurship Correctional Reinforcement
Program Support Cycle Housing Financial Support Employment Substance Abuse Addiction Resource Center Education/Training
CHANGES IN LAWS & POLICIES Child Support Laws- Alternative to locking up Fathers (Job placement for fathers) Geared toward the mother Enforce more than financial support (Paper Dads) Suspend order while incarcerated without warrant Amnesty program for arrearage (Go back 5 to 10 years) if the father volunteers in the community or with activities/event that involves children and families, with the involvement of his children. Percentage of support should be invested (CD, mutual fund, annuity, etc.) released to the child when aged out (18 or 21) Non-enforcement of support order for unwed mothers after 2014. Suspend order while incarcerated without warrant Felony Status- Modify/amend how long a felony is active (7-10 years as Credit) Voting Rights- Voters rights restored upon release, if no legal obligations are active (Restitution, Parole and Probation) Job Opportunity- Remove question #7(criminal background) on most applications about incarceration
RE-ENTRY ORGANIZATION POSITIONS EDUCATION COORDINATOR-responsible for GED, vocational classes, trade/skills building, career builder RE-ENTRY COORDINATOR-deals with post and pre-release re-entry. Responsible for all transitional issues from jail to home. SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION COORDINATOR-deals with pre and post addiction issues (not limited to drugs and alcohol) EMPLOYMENT COORDINATOR-deals with all pre and post employment opportunity issues COMMUNITY RESOURCE COORDINATOR- resources within the community that will assist with re-entry PROJECT CASE MANAGER-deals with all pre and post release issues on a one-on-one basis per individual needs
Drug Game, Negative & Criminal-Minded People, Crime, Domestic Violence, Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Addictions There Is A Price to Pay for Re-entry THE DOWNSIDE TO NO RE-ENTRY PLAN
OLD HABITS + NO PLAN = RECIDIVISM/INCARCERATION
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