Evidence-based treatment to reduce recidivism

Reentry Service Centers

Achieving a long-term solution to correctional challenges means reducing recidivism and returning reentrants to productive lifestyles, which in turn enhances community safety and reduces costs to the taxpayer. Reentry service centers, which include day reporting, allow reentrants to experience multi-phase, evidence-based treatment methods focused specifically on individual criminogenic risks and needs. Reentrants referred to our reentry service centers receive the most comprehensive treatment from intake and assessment to careful monitoring throughout the program and aftercare. With the goal of promoting community reintegration and changing criminal behavior, our reentry service centers are rooted in consistent delivery of programming, immediate response for rewards and sanctions, and other proven corrections principles.

Program elements:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing. A cognitive-behavioral strategy initially developed to work with substance abusers, this communication style avoids confrontation and arguing, instead using open-ended questions, affirmations and reflective listening.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Meetings with case managers to discuss violations and status, update the individual’s treatment plan if necessary, and learn cognitive behavioral skills in the form of short, practical exercises to make positive change.
  • Moral Reconation Therapy® (MRT). A systematic, step-by-step cognitive skills rehabilitation system designed to confront the thinking errors that prevent reentrants from breaking the cycle of criminality. MRT’s intent is to develop moral decision-making strategies in individuals.
  • Life Skills. These sessions cover topics relevant to many reentrants, including anger management and substance abuse issues. Reentrants learn strategies for dealing with others, methods of de-escalation and more.
  • Employment Readiness TrainingEmployment Readiness. Skills learned will help individuals understand the process of planning for a career, including identifying aptitudes and interest.
  • Community Connections.This program links reentrants with local community resources to help stabilize their lives. As part of this program, individuals attend regular presentations from local service providers such as employment, housing, and mental health treatment agencies, faith-based organizations, and vocational/technical schools and programs.
  • Transition Celebrations. Reentry services staff celebrate the success of program graduates with transitional graduation ceremonies, where family members, the community, corrections officials and others are invited to mark the reentrants’ transition to a new life chapter.