Reentry Projects

Sponsors: Utah Department of Corrections

Center staff will work with the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) to develop a strategic reentry plan for the state.  The Center will work with the UDC to assess transition efforts and programs already in place by the Department and provide feedback about current strengths and potential areas of improvement; provide technical support and direction for the UDC in regards to strategic planning; and help the UDC to determine short and long term statewide reentry goals.  The project will culminate in the development of a strategic reentry plan for the UDC.

Sponsors: Council of State Governments

Center staff will work with the Council of State Governments (CSG) to develop a number of sex offender reentry tools and resources to address topics that may include: sex offender screening and assessment, sex offender risk and treatment need scores, the appropriate use of incentives and sanctions with sex offenders, guiding principles for policies and practices to support sex offender reintegration, and innovative strategies for a victim-centered approach to sex offender reentry.

Sponsors: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Center provided a staff member to work with the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (“PRI”) to facilitate a performance and quality improvement process for the NYC JusticeCorps. This process focused on the areas of increasing job/education placements and implementing SPin risk screening and assessment instruments and Collaborative Caseworks case planning/case management tools. Center staff worked to engage NYC Justice Corps funders and service providers in reviewing performance improvement plans and decisions regarding program services and future contract targets and promoted open discussion and consensus building on the population targeting and service issues.  Center staff helped to design and facilitated a session that addressed the major challenges facing NYC JC in delivering program services in all contract areas, and, in particular, the areas of job placement and implementation of the SPin assessment and CCW case management tools, to identify the most promising approaches to improve performance and identify any needed changes in the program model or contract requirements.

Sponsors: J.C. Flowers Foundation

The J. C. Flowers Foundation requested assistance from the Center to provide a brief, independent review of the accomplishments and challenges of the Circles of Support projects funded by the Foundation.  In addition to on-site interviews and observations of Circles of Support projects in October 2015, the Center’s work on this effort included identifying programs and research concerning the roles, functions, and effectiveness of peers (formerly incarcerated persons) employed as staff in reentry programs.

Sponsors: Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of John Jay College of Criminal Justice has engaged the Center to oversee the process of examining risk levels of current Justice Corps participants and adjusting targeting criteria and services to enhance recidivism reduction outcomes of the PRI program. The Center will review and coordinate the work of other experts, including researcher(s) with expertise in evidence-based assessment, case management, and interventions. The Center will also advise the PRI regarding the selection of assessment tools, and adoption of new or revised intake processes and program services. Center staff will provide expert facilitation services for the duration of the project.

Sponsors: Wyoming Department of Corrections

The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) contracted with the Center to provide assistance to their expanded Transition from Prison to Community (TPC) effort. The Center is building upon its TPC work in Wyoming from 2009 to 2012, in which a Center staff member assisted the WDOC and the Wyoming Parole Board with developing strategies to improve their reentry practices. WDOC requested the current assistance from the Center to assist them in establishing an effective Reentry Task Force. The Center will assist the WDOC with developing the Task Force and its structure, facilitation of Task Force and work group meetings focused on critical areas (e.g., housing, employment, treatment, community supports, and inter-agency information sharing), developing methods for analyzing and assessing current practice, establishing methods for recommending and implementing solutions to identified issues, and assisting in the implementation of best practices in reentry.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections

The Transition from Prison to Community Initiative is a multi-phase, multi-year technical assistance effort of the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections. The goal of the initiative, which originally began in 2001, is to support state-level efforts to ensure the successful and crime-free transition of offenders as they complete their prison time and return to the community. The project seeks to bring together multiple stakeholders within the criminal justice system along with other agencies from the public and private sectors to work together to implement a model transition process. The Center has been supporting the project by working with collaborative teams in a number of states as they pursue implementation of the National Institute of Corrections transition model. The Center’s work includes assisting in the formation of a policy team, supporting and advising on local efforts to document current practice and assemble statistical information that accurately describes the returning offender population, along with its risks and needs. The Center also supports the work of these teams in clarifying their vision, mission, and goals and in identifying targets of change that will bring their practices more in line with the National Institute of Corrections model. Two rounds of sites have been supported through this initiative. During the first round, a total of eight sites received training and technical assistance under the project: Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Oregon and Rhode Island. Each site received support through three phases of funding: the first phase provided support to the sites’ efforts to establish effective collaborative policy teams; the second phase provided ongoing support to the teams’ implementation efforts; and the third phase provided assistance to the sites as they transitioned to independence from project funded support. In the second round (initiated in 2009), six sites were selected: Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. As with the first round sites, these sites are expected to receive similar support through three project periods, concluding in mid-2012.

Sponsors: Public Welfare Foundation

The purpose of this project is to build the capacity of states to develop comprehensive, strategic plans that result in a connection between a state’s reentry efforts and improved offender outcomes. Using three core tactics, the project will work to build this capacity with 2009 and 2010 SCA Demonstration Grantees over the next 16 months: Building Foundational Knowledge. Develop a packet of reentry strategic planning tools and resources that will be used by project partners, state-based reentry leaders, and hopefully other technical assistance providers working with states on reentry. Building Skills and Abilities. Identify agency leaders responsible for planning reentry efforts within their jurisdiction and plan a site visit with them designed to enhance their skills and abilities to effectively plan their reentry effort. Directed Practice. Provide individual support for agency leaders to encourage progress and trouble shoot emerging issues available to each state-level demonstration grantee as they launch their strategic planning effort. The project will accomplish these goals over four distinct phases: 1) development and planning; 2) building and disseminating foundational knowledge; 3) building skills and knowledge; and 4) directed practice.

Sponsors: National Institute of Corrections

This project developed a series of papers related to parole. Working cooperatively with National Institute of Corrections staff, appropriate Association of Paroling Authorities International leaders and organizational members, and both active and former parole board members and parole executives, the Center produced papers that provide information regarding emerging best practices in the parole decision making field, focus on critical competencies of board members and staff, discuss the indispensable qualities of leadership that must be displayed by decision makers within the parole field, and highlight the need for and value of effective collaboration by parole officials with other individuals and organizations.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Under this project, the Center provided training and technical assistance to the 23 grantees of the FY2007 Presidential Prisoner Reentry Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The initiative was geared to help grantees provide assistance to reentering offenders, to help them obtain and retain employment, become law abiding members of society, and access those services which will be instrumental to their own success. The Center worked collaboratively with the PRI grantees and their partners to determine their needs for training and technical assistance. The project provided support to the grantees in fulfilling their role in providing leadership and oversight to collaborative initiatives, and provided substantive expertise on issues related to successful offender reentry (e.g., assessment, case management, employment, transitional housing). Thirteen coaching packets on relevant topics were produced as a result of the effort.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Center developed and conducted a meeting for the 2008 grantees under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI). The workshop featured plenary sessions for all participants on grant requirements and expectations, the goals of the PRI program; and substantive information regarding a framework for effective offender reentry; and concurrent sessions that addressed critical substantive topics such as enhancing successful outcomes with offenders; a rational planning process; collaborating with community partners. Breakout sessions and working lunches provided participants with an opportunity to share information and network with their colleagues from other grantee jurisdictions.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The goal of this project was to provide training and technical assistance to institutional corrections and community supervision agencies on strategies for successful offender reentry. Using the curriculum developed under the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, Community Corrections Supervision Reentry Training Program (An Agencywide Training Curriculum for Corrections), the Center provided three agencies selected through a competitive application process with opportunities to participate in a strategic planning session (designed to help clarify the agencies’ vision, mission, and goals related to offender reentry), an agencywide training designed to serve as an organizational change opportunity, and on-site technical assistance following the training to help the agency capitalize on the momentum and knowledge gained from the training. In addition, the project maximized its impact by delivering a presentation at a meeting of one of the national correctional organizations, highlighting the content of the curriculum, and reporting on the experiences of the three agencies in planning and delivering the training.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation

This project was a continuation of two previous projects: the Kansas Department of Corrections: Implementation of Kansas’ Prisoner Reentry Initiative; and the Michigan Department of Corrections: Implementation of Key Components of the Michigan ReEntry Initiative. Through the continuation of these projects, the Center provided technical assistance to the Kansas Department of Corrections to refine its statewide prisoner reentry strategic plan and the development of a statewide Reentry Policy Council, as well as implementation of key features of Kansas’ reentry model and the development of a monitoring and evaluation protocol. In Michigan, the Center provided technical assistance to the Michigan Department of Corrections and its Field Operations Administration unit on the revision of parole guidelines and the design of a collaborative case management system.

Sponsors: Iowa Department of Corrections

The Center provided the services of staff to develop and conduct a keynote session for the Iowa Corrections Association conference. The session was served as an executive summary report covering the activities and recommendations which developed out of the Reentry in the State of Iowa: Accomplishments and Planning for the Future workshop, developed and conducted by the Center in partnership with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Sponsors: Missouri Department of Corrections

The Center provided expert assistance to develop and conduct a presentation on sex offender management as part of the 2009 Missouri Reentry Conference. The presentation included information on “myths versus facts” about sex offenders, their crimes, and their victims; recidivism trends; and effective sex offender management strategies.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

This project provided training and technical assistance to institutional corrections and community supervision agencies on strategies for successful offender reentry. The Center identified three agencies (Kentucky, New York, and North Dakota) through a competitive application process and provided training using the curriculum developed under the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, Community Corrections Supervision Reentry Training Program (Community Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry). Each agency participated in a pre-training strategic planning session (designed to help clarify the agencies’ vision, mission, and goals related to offender reentry), and received on-site technical assistance prior to the training, an agency wide training designed to serve as an organizational change opportunity, and on-site technical assistance following the training to help the agency capitalize on the momentum and knowledge gained from the training. The project shared lessons learned throughout the delivery of these training and technical assistance events in a presentation at the American Probation and Parole Association 2010 Winter Training Institute. The presentation highlighted the content of the curriculum and reported on the experiences of the three agencies in planning and delivering the training.

Sponsors: Colorado Department of Corrections

The Center, working in collaboration with members of the Colorado Department of Corrections, developed and conducted a three-day training event on offender reentry. The training was adapted from Increasing Public Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry: Evidence-Based and Emerging Practices in Corrections, a training curriculum previously developed by the Center under a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored project, and was presented to an audience of corrections staff and other stakeholders. Over the course of the project, Center staff worked with key policymakers in the department to enhance the agency’s vision and mission regarding risk reduction and reduced recidivism, to identify and realign policies and practices that would assist them in achieving that vision and mission, and to develop a training event that would provide participants with a greater understanding of the role of institutional and community corrections in successful offender reentry.

Sponsors: Idaho Criminal Justice Commission

The Center developed and conducted a presentation on offender transition and reentry for Commission staff.

Sponsors: Idaho Department of Corrections

The Center developed and conducted a presentation on offender transition and reentry at the Idaho Department of Corrections’ annual training.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation

The Center designed and delivered two training events for intensive supervision officers, case managers, and their supervisors in community corrections agencies from across the State of Kansas. These events assisted the Kansas Department of Corrections with their implementation of risk reduction and evidence-based practices in community corrections. The sessions aided in building the infrastructure for change at the local level by encouraging districts to employ evidence-based practices in an effort to address probationer behavior in a manner that reduced risk, increased the successful completion of supervision, and supported the offender’s re-integration into the family and community.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation

Through this project, the Center provided technical assistance to the Kansas Department of Corrections in the refinement of its statewide prisoner reentry strategic plan, establishment of a statewide Reentry Policy Council, implementation of key features of Kansas’ reentry model, and development of a monitoring and evaluation protocol.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation State of Missouri

Working collaboratively with the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Center designed and delivered a multi-day training for policy and mid-level corrections and parole staff. Using the Community Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry training curriculum developed by the Center under a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored project, the training equipped agency staff with the tools and information necessary to define their agency vision and mission in terms of reduced recidivism and enhanced public safety through successful offender reentry, to realign policy and practice to achieve their vision and mission, and to recognize the significant and evolving role of institutional and community corrections agencies in successful offender reentry.

Sponsors: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

The Center designed and staffed a three-day workshop for County Reentry Task Forces who are collaborating with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the New York State Department of Correctional Services, and the New York Division of Parole, on the topic of offender reentry. The workshop highlighted progress to date in New York counties involved in the Reentry Initiative, offered opportunities for local teams to build collaborative skills and enhance their comprehensive plans, and provided an overview of evidence-based practice and new approaches to case management.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation

Under sponsorship from the JEHT Foundation, the Center conducted two three-day workshops for selected departments of correction staff from Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri on enhancing offender outcomes through integrated case management and supervision strategies. During a previous workshop conducted by the Center, teams from each state were provided with an opportunity to focus on case management and supervision issues and left with a detailed implementation work plan designed to enhance the operationalization of a unified dynamic case management system in their home jurisdiction. These subsequent sessions provided teams an opportunity to come together to share their accomplishments and lessons learned since the initial workshop.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation Michigan Department of Corrections

Through this project, the Center provided technical assistance to the Michigan Department of Corrections and its Field Operations Administration unit on the revision of parole guidelines and the design of a collaborative case management system.

Sponsors: Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole

Working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Corrections, the Center designed and delivered a multi-day training for policy, mid-level and line corrections and parole staff. Using the Community Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry training curriculum developed by the Center under a U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored project, this training equipped agency staff with the tools and information necessary to define their agency vision and mission in terms of reduced recidivism and enhanced public safety through successful offender reentry, to realign policy and practice to achieve their vision and mission, and to recognize the significant and evolving role of institutional and community corrections agencies in successful offender reentry.

Sponsors: Minnesota/6W Department of Community Corrections Project

Center staff prepared and delivered a session (presentation and panel) on offender transition and reentry for a Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) annual conference.

Sponsors: JEHT Foundation

Community supervision agencies face significant challenges as expectations of their role in supervising offenders within the community shift from monitoring and accountability to the active promotion of the success of the offender. To support the efforts of jurisdictions committed to meeting these challenges, the Center designed and conducted technical assistance events for jurisdictions who received training under the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, Community Corrections Supervision Reentry Training Program, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance. Technical assistance supported the efforts of these jurisdictions to implement new policies and procedures designed to promote successful community supervision outcomes. The technical assistance provided under this project reinforced and supported the work initiated under the Center’s BJA grant, and provided the recipient jurisdictions with continuity of support during a critical change period.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The goals of the Community Corrections Supervision Reentry Training Program were to provide training tools and information that can assist corrections and community supervision agencies to define their agency vision and mission in terms of reduced recidivism and enhanced public safety through successful offender reentry, and to recognize the significant and evolving role of corrections agencies in successful offender reentry. The Center developed, piloted, and disseminated two training curricula and a handbook on successful offender reentry strategies to be delivered to corrections and community supervision administrators and policymakers, mid-level supervisors, and line staff. A total of six states received training and technical assistance through this project.

Sponsors: Council of State Governments

Center staff participated in an advisory capacity in an effort by the Council of State Governments to develop a Tool Kit for Law Enforcement on Reentry. The toolkit was designed for law enforcement agencies that are planning a re-entry initiative and agencies that already have such an initiative. It is organized into several components and addresses activities such as defining mission, goals and the target population, engaging the community, developing interagency partnerships, and leveraging police experience in preventing crime and enforcing the law.

Sponsors: Michigan Department of Corrections

Center staff worked with the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency’s local reentry teams to advance the state’s reentry efforts. Specifically, a Center staff member delivered a training session to a reentry leadership group regarding the application of evidence-based principles at the local level. This event provided information about how to advance reentry work in a way that is aligned with what research suggests is most likely to reduce recidivism.

Sponsors: State of New York, Division of Criminal Justice Services

The Center provided assistance in the planning and conduct of a three-day, team based training workshop for New York’s local reentry teams. The training event provided substantive information in a plenary format for all participants (including an overview of the National Institute of Correction’s Transition from Prison to Community (TPC) model, the state of New York’s participation in the TPC project, and best practices in offender reentry) and facilitation of individual local team work sessions to assist each local partner team in enhancing their efforts to achieve the successful implementation of effective reentry strategies.

Sponsors: Ohio Department of Youth Services

The Ohio Department of Youth Services contracted with the Center to undertake a review of current policy and practice with respect to releasing youthful offenders from the Ohio Department of Youth Services facilities. The Center completed a quantitative analysis of data on a cohort of released youth and completed a comprehensive “mapping” of the process a youth follows from arrest through adjudication, admission, and release. In addition, the Center worked with the Department’s internal working committee to develop a set of goals for a Transition Control Board that would have statutory responsibility for release. The Center also conducted a thorough review of risk assessment technology as it is applied to youthful offenders and made recommendations for the development of a dynamic risk assessment tool to be used in the Department’s decision making process.