“Within six months of being freed 28 percent of former prisoners were arrested for a new crime; three years, 68 percent; five years, 77 percent...Twenty-nine percent of the returnees had been arrested for violent offenses; 38 percent for property crimes; 39 percent for drug offenses; 58 percent for public order crimes.”
RE-ENTRY AND RECIDIVISM PREVENTION
To combat this, The Re-Orientation Program is structured to help the client address the major causes of failure to transition back to society. Services start with a comprehensive screening at intake. This intake includes a drug/mental health history, TABE testing and occupational assessment. Although the goal is to address any barriers to immediate employment, an Individual Orientation Plan (“IOP”) for the next three years will be developed with each client.
Every client will then be assigned to group or individual sessions with a therapist who practices the “Risk, Need, and Responsivity” model and a cognitive behavioral approach to counseling. Those whose IOPs include computer based training programs offered on-site will attend classes at one of our service locations, taught in staggered sections of no more than 20 students. All clients will be referred to partner agencies and other community resources that can facilitate their IOPs with job placement, substance abuse treatment, family reunification and other services.