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.