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1 Re-Entry Programs & Education

2 Mission To provide programs and services to inmates that will best prepare them for their return to society as law-abiding citizens.

3 Core Program Areas Academics Vocational Programs 100-Hour Program
Veteran Dorms Thinking for a Change USDOL Apprenticeship Program

4 Crimonogenic Factors to Address

5 Combating Criminogenic Factors
Assess risk/needs Enhance intrinsic motivation Target interventions (risk, needs, responsivity, dosage, treatment) Skill train with directed practice (CBT) Increase positive reinforcement Engage ongoing support in natural communities Measure relevant processes/practices Provide measurement feedback Assess risk/needs – Aligning level of intervention with the level of risk produces the best outcomes. Empirically-based instruments enable professionals to assess the level of risk an individual offender is likely to pose. These assessments should be re-administered on a periodic basis. Enhance intrinsic motivation – For an offender to stay motivated and truly embrace behavior change over time internal motivation must be present. Research demonstrates that motivation can be influenced by correctional professionals’ interactions with offenders. Staff trained to effectively use authority and use techniques such as rolling with resistance, developing discrepancy, interviewing techniques and support self-efficacy are more likely to glean more information from offenders that assists offenders in long lasting change. Target interventions – Determination of proper intervention should target case management services based upon risk level; target individualized behavioral change strategies based on assessed criminogenic needs (e.g., anti-social thinking; emotional regulation/anti-social personality; anti-social peers, and family conflict); match interventions to the characteristics of the offender (e.g., learning style, intelligence level, etc.); structured intervention hours should based on rsk level of offender; appropriate treatment should be considered when placing offenders in programming. Skill train with directed practice – All staff should understand social learning theory and have skills in effective communication techniques. Staff should support and encourage the development of skills taught. Increase positive reinforcement – Research demonstrates that a ration of four positive affirmations for every expression of disapproval has a positive effect on behavioral change. Incentives and rewards are a powerful tool in our efforts to motivate and encourage offenders along a pro-social path. Engage ongoing support in natural communities – Research indicates that positive outcomes are more likely when offenders’ significant others (including family members, teachers, employers, mentors, spiritual leaders, etc.) are engaged in their case plans and when they have meaningful connections to pro-social communities. Measure relevant processes/practices – The agency must establish methods and processes to determine if their own polices and practices are producing the desired results. Measurement feedback – Findings should be shared with the legislature, executive leadership, staff, collaborative partners and even offenders.

6 Our Role in Re-Entry Develop, implement and review the effectiveness of re-entry programs Provide staff and inmates with re-entry information to reduce recidivism Cultivate, establish, maintain, and monitor community partnerships The Bureau of Re-Entry Programs and Education provides leadership, resources and cutting edge research on re-entry efforts. The Bureau evaluates the feasibility of implementing potential re-entry programs and explores re-entry focused training opportunities that impact recidivism. Efforts are made to ensure limited resources are utilized effectively for the advancement of re-entry agency-wide. Research has shown that by providing each inmate with intensive pre-release and post-release services based on individual need, the likelihood of recidivism is reduced, thereby increasing public safety. The duties and responsibilities of ALL staff within the Bureau of Re-Entry Programs and Education is to identify, analyze, implement and support the Department’s re-entry mission and efforts.

7 Programs: Academic Adult and Special Education Programs
Operates in 27 correctional facilities Inmate Teaching Assistants (ITAs) Operates in 41 correctional facilities Local Education Agencies offer services at three (3) institutions

8 Programs: Vocational Education
33 occupational trades offered include… Automotive Collision Repair CDL HVAC Masonry Brick & Block Waste Water Treatment… Specter Grant Program Post-secondary vocational training Inmates 35 years of age and under who have a high school diploma or GED Programs operated at 7 correctional facilities

9 Programs: 100-Hour Program
Focuses on… Life management skills, including the change process Job Readiness Criminal Thinking Focusing on: The change process and criminal thinking Decision making Problem solving Values and principles Goals and goal setting Social situations Health and wellness Substance abuse Addictions and recovery Families Employment Money matters Community reentry This program (or an approved equivalent) is provided to all inmates within the 18 month period prior to their release. Duration: 3 ½ weeks to 8 weeks

10 Programs: Identification Pilot
Identification enables ex-offenders to.. Obtain legitimate employment Secure housing Cash paychecks Open bank accounts IDs are obtained through the Florida DHSMV Steps necessary to reinstate revoked licenses can be found at

11 Programs: Veteran Dorms
More than 6,700 inmates are self-reported prior Military Service personnel Six (6) dorm sites currently provide transition services for inmates with verified prior military service Sites are currently establishing community partners and stakeholders

12 Programs: Thinking for a Change
Focuses on: Cognitive Self Change Social Skills Problem Solving Studies show Ex-offenders who completed this program are 33% less likely to commit new crimes than those who didn’t. (Golden, 2002)

13 Programs: USDOL Apprenticeship Program
Provide the opportunity to earn an industry certificate from the Department of Education(DOE) and U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Program areas (Developmental Stage) Auto-body Repair Cosmetologist Welder Landscape Management Technician Housekeeping

14 Re-Entry Facilities Northern Region: Southern Region:
Baker Re-Entry Center Southern Region: Demilly Re-Entry Center Polk Re-Entry Center Sago Palm Re-Entry Center

15 Portals: A Single Point of Entry
Re-entry FACILITY Re-entry portal Offender Reunited with Family On-site criminal registration POST-RELEASE supervision ? NO YES Offered reentry services available at portal Connected with probation staff Offered reentry services available at portal

16 Portals: Services may include…
On-Site Felony Registration Substance Abuse/Mental Health Aftercare Community Corrections (CC) Contact Housing Law enforcement & CC Notification Mentoring Case Management Vocation & Academic Counseling Transition Planning Debt Management Clothing Closet Civil Rights Restoration Guidance Legal Aid Life Skills Training Job Placement/Employment Information Medical / Disability Assistance Food / Meal Vouchers Health Care Family Reunification…

17 Portal Locations Hillsborough County Portal 1800 Orient Road Tampa, Florida Phone: (813) Jacksonville Reentry Center (JREC) 1024 Superior Street Jacksonville, FL Phone: (904) Palm Beach County Portal 673 Fairgrounds Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Pinellas Safe Harbor th Street North Clearwater, FL Phone: (727)

18 “We Never Walk Alone” Florida Department of Corrections
Tahnee Casanova, Chief Re-Entry Programs & Education Nichole Landrum, Administrator Re-Entry Program Allen Overstreet, Administrator Education William Carr, Assistant Secretary Re-Entry Latoya Lane, Director Re-Entry James Cox, Assistant Director

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