Studies have shown that more than half of prisoners have been incarcerated more than once. For many people, breaking the cycle of incarceration is extremely difficult. Prison conditions and limited reentry support, both during and after imprisonment, make it challenging to adjust to everyday life. With over 2 million people in the criminal justice system at any given time, the U.S. has the world’s largest prison population, and prisons tend to be overcrowded. Further exacerbating this issue, few resources are available to help formerly incarcerated people find housing, employment, and other social services, and many returns to criminal activity to get by financially.
Why are reentry programs important?
Reentry programs are specifically designed to deal with recidivism. Their strategies are targeted toward improving the quality of life for the incarcerated and discouraging them from returning to a life of crime.
Reentry Case managers, then, are critical in resolving underlying problems for offenders so that they don’t find themselves drawn to crime again. Case managers work to improve the offender’s motivational factors, assess risks and needs, and incorporate education into incarceration among other strategies.
Caseworkers also need assistance in successfully executing reentry plans as they are trying to gather data from various sources, connecting with numerous stakeholders, and designing strategies that will impact the future lives of offenders. Technology and software can be effective tools in their mission. Reentry case management systems allow many workflows to be automated and data to be centralized, making communication easy.
We can help your case managers with their unique requirements by customizing dashboards, intake forms, and ways of reporting. For more on how PlanStreet can assist reentry case workers, visit our website: https://www.planstreetinc.com/reentry-program/.