The supervision of returning citizens and provision of supportive services to these individuals outside of jail or prison. Community corrections includes parole, probation, residential and employment services, and other support programs. Learn more...
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Please join ICCA as we host our annual Public Policy Forum and Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
The Forum on Monday, March 5th, 2018 will feature criminal justice leaders from the Private & Public sectors in order to highlight current trends, pending legislation and relevant updates for those working within community corrections.
American Forum participants are encouraged to schedule visits with their elected officials in Congress on Hill Day, Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. ICCA will distribute suggested talking points and helpful tips at the Forum.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA
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Please sign-up here as a partner for Second Chance Month this April. Second Chance Month is an initiative involving a growing coalition of over 80 partners to help raise awareness about the challenges people face when they return home and promote ways we can all unlock second chances.
We welcome all different types of entities to join us in celebrating (organizations, businesses, churches, temples, universities, etc.) and you do not have to make a big commitment to do so – promoting April as Second Chance Month via social media is an easy and impactful way to spread the word. We even have a handy social media toolkit you can use.
Bureau of Prisons Residential Reentry Centers:
Reduction in Bed Use and Programming Will Increase Recidivism
Summary: The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) contracts with Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs), or halfway houses, to supervise offenders after they leave federal prison. The BOP’s Statement of Work (SOW) establishes the services and programs RRCs must provide for the individuals they supervise. In April 2017, BOP revised the SOW, and eliminated the proven and effective programming that a large body of rigorous research and meta-analyses has shown to effectively reduce recidivism. In addition, a census of federal prisons has shown that BOP is sending fewer offenders to RRCs for these kinds of step-down services that reduce recidivism; instead these offenders are remaining longer in federal prison or being released directly into the community without support. Furthermore, BOP is no longer accepting US Probation Office residents in BOP-contracted RRCs, which will also negatively impact recidivism. Recent budget cuts were cited by the BOP as the primary reason for these changes.
Key Changes to the Statement of Work
- Eliminates Cognitive Behavioral Programming and associated staff training. This is a significant change that means individuals coming out of federal prison will no longer receive the evidence-based programming that is proven to change criminal thinking and significantly lower recidivism.
- Eliminates Social Services Coordinator position. This RRC position is a liaison to community resources, ensures continuity of care, supports reentry transitional needs, and coordinates social services including employment assistance and life skills programming.
- Requires residents to purchase identification documents. BOP contractors previously covered the cost of these documents up to $35 per resident.
Significant Reduction in RRC Use
The BOP is significantly reducing its use of RRCs. BOP cites shortage of its staff, process referrals, and overall budget cuts. Reducing the use of BOP RRCs may:
- Increase recidivism. Research indicates recidivism is most likely to occur within the first three months after release from prison. Returning an inmate through an RRC provides a longer and more stable transition that provides accountability and support in a supervised, structured environment.
- Decrease public safety. RRC residents are closely monitored during community activities; required to participate in employment, job training or education programming; are routinely drug tested; and, participate in other pro-social life skills building programs to ensure safe reentry efforts.
- Delay integration back into the community: Fewer beds means offenders, who do receive these services, will be sent to RRCs in communities far from their homes, making it more difficult to find and keep jobs in their hometown and rebuild ties with family and community.
- Hinder family reunification: Reduced access to programs available through RRCs limits a family’s ability to reestablish and clarify roles/responsibilities with loved ones who have been incarcerated for years.
- Reduce employment: Limited employment assistance reduces an ex-offender’s ability to secure a living wage job that fills labor gaps and increases the probability an individual maintains a crime-free lifestyle.
- Reduce funds collected from RRC residents: RRC residents pay taxes as well as fines, restitution and child support from any salary they earn, which can represent 25% and 30% of earned wages.
Improving Public Safety Through Effective Community Reintegration Practices
NIC and CCCN are creating a DVD based training program designed to highlight effective community reintegration practices that will promote behavior change and recidivism reduction, enhance public safety, and save taxpayer dollars.
The United States criminal justice system manages a staggering 7 million adults and three quarter of a million juveniles - the majority of which will be returning to our communities. Justice professionals need to take a system-wide, evidence-based approach and work collaboratively if we want to improve public safety and increase the likelihood of success for those reintegrating back into our communities. The collateral consequences for someone involved in the justice system can be severe. For adults, these can include having a harder time finding a job, difficulty finding safe and sustainable housing, and interruptions in family dynamics and relationships. Juveniles can experience difficulties getting back on track with school and maintaining positive peer relationships. And while some of these consequences are unique to adult or juvenile populations, one consequence stands out as damaging for both: the difficulty of successfully reintegrating and connecting back to the community.