Reentry Programs for DOC offenders at local level
Approximately 50% of state offenders are assigned to local-level (parish) jails. State correctional facilities have historically offered a variety of educational, vocational and other programming to offenders while those on the local level rarely received such programming. Since state offenders housed in local jails account for approximately 75% of releases each year, it was crucial that the Department expand programming at the local level.
Regional Reentry Programs: Over the last six years, the Department has established nine Regional Reentry Programs across the state, with two additional programs to be established by 2016. These regional reentry programs operate in conjunction with local sheriffs and are designed to reach those offenders who are within one year of release (or Transitional Work Program assignment), and returning to a specific region. This regionalized approach enhances the program’s ability to engage community supports, such as treatment providers, educational opportunities, as well as family and faith-based programs. Each Regional Reentry Program provides participants with the Standardized Pre-Release Curriculum 2010, two forms of identification, residence and employment plans, as well as connection to needed post-release resources in the community.
Local Jail Corrections Transition Specialists: In 2014, the Department expanded reentry programs and services in local jails by assigning 20 Corrections Transition Specialists to those local jails housing the largest number state offenders. These specialists conduct risk/needs assessments; provide CTRP instruction in programs such as Thinking for Change, Anger Management, and Parenting; and assist in transitioning offenders to the Regional Reentry Programs appropriate for them. These specialists create a more structured and evidence-based approach to assessing and addressing the needs of the state offender population housed in local jails.
Local Jail Literacy and Adult Basic Education Programs: Thirteen local jails and detention centers currently report adult education students to the Department. These local jails are in turn provided an instructor and resources to provide adult basic education to their eligible offender population. A number of other local jails partner with their local school boards to provide adult basic education opportunities for their offender population.