Full Court Press: A Holistic, Evidence Based Approach to Community Reintegration

Joe Arvidson, Malissa McCrea & John Bruner

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be given the knowledge base to recognize the various predicates of a holistic jail reintegration program. These include a university sanctioned vocational curriculum, cognitive based programming to address anti-social thinking which acts as a barrier to securing and maintaining employment, and the establishment of pipelines to employers willing to hire released inmates. Participants will also be given the insights to accurately assess their own correctional facilities in regard to any shortcoming they may have as to this holistic approach. Finally, participants of this workshop will be coached as to what steps they can take to implement a full court press approach to inmate reintegration. Faculty will give a chronology of their evolution with this process, and highlight the fact that some of the requisite pieces may already be in place. Participants will leave this workshop not only with the ability to accurately assess where they are, but with a road map of how to get to a holistic reintegration model.

Joe Arvidson

Joe Arvidson is a Planning Specialist at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility in Minnesota. He has nearly 30 years of experience in Corrections. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic planning, program development, and making recommendations on policies, procedures, and services related to the implementation of evidence based practices. He is also responsible for training staff in a variety of EBP’s such as Cognitive Skills (T4C, CBI-EMP, the LS/CMI, and Motivational Interviewing, along with coordinating ongoing quality assurance protocols around these initiatives. Mr. Arvidson is also an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University and Metropolitan State University since 2000, where he teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate level Criminal Justice courses. Mr. Arvidson received both his BA and MS degrees from St. Cloud State University in the discipline of Criminal Justice Administration.

John Bruner

John Bruner is a Community Corrections Supervisor at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. He has over 30 years of experience working with juvenile and adult probationers. In his current position, he is responsible for all programming related to 420 male inmates. He is trained in a variety of EBP’s such as Cognitive Skills (ART®, T4C) the LS/CMI, YLS/CMI and Motivational Interviewing, along with coordinating ongoing quality assurance protocols around these initiatives. He has worked in a variety of setting environmental, community and institutional. Mr. Bruner has a degree in psychology and is an alum of the first APPA Leadership Institute (1/2007 -8/2008).

Malissa McCrea

Malissa is a School Instructor at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility in Minnesota. She has over 10 years’ experience in working with educational, corrections and social services agencies providing a full range of educational opportunities to a variety of individuals in need of support to enhance the quality of their life. Ms. McCrea facilitates a variety of cognitive programs including T4C, Domestic Violence Education Programming, Advanced Practices, and Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment. She is also a certified trainer of OWDS (Offender Workforce Development Specialist). Ms. McCrea is a graduate of the University of California-Irvine, earning her Ba in Criminology, Law and Society in 2001.

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