Correction of behavior and a better life are the purposes of sending people to prison.
Unfortunately, incarceration often plays out like a hereditary disease. Those imprisoned once show a predisposition towards being incarcerated again. Reentry programs help prevent recidivism and allow clients to become integrated, productive members of society.
These programs focus on breaking down barriers recently incarcerated individuals might encounter and helping them find employment, affordable housing, healthcare, and family support. Because reentry is not a simple process and has so many facets, it involves several people to design effective reentry plans for offenders, each of whom is unique in their:
This means an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all plan would not work. Caseworkers must dedicate much effort to collecting and analyzing all relevant data to develop effective reentry plans. To break the cycle of recidivism and support positive transition back into communities, you need a comprehensive reentry case management software that you can count on.
Reentry is when a person in correctional confinement prepares for release and transitions into the community. We can view reentry processes on a continuum ranging from risk and needs assessment at intake, program, treatment, and educational attainment during Incarceration, case planning for release, and post-release supervision and reintegration.
Research suggests it is crucial to focus on cognitive and behavioral skills, substance use, mental and physical health, and issues surrounding housing, employment, and family bonds as individuals reintegrate into their communities and families. Family members frequently support loved ones as they reenter, often providing a consistent place of residence after reentry. The consideration of gender differences is also essential when addressing individual needs. Men and women face different challenges during reentry, especially regarding childcare, housing, employment, and mental health.
Matching supervision style and the frequency and intensity of programming with a person’s criminogenic risk and needs helps promote positive reentry. For example, lower-risk individuals should not be subjected to overly stringent surveillance and supervision requirements as this may exacerbate recidivism.
Rearrest is considered the most common and observable measure of recidivism across the justice system. Yet, it is a relatively poor indicator of how an individual is faring in their post-release experience. It is not a credible measure of culpability owing to lack of due process, and the risk of arrest can vary by community and personal demographics.
Reentry programs are critical in ensuring offenders can move from prisons to communities by navigating challenges related to skill set and job placement. Acquiring skills and training will allow previously incarcerated people to be recruited for and adequately perform jobs. This is particularly important for offenders getting out of prison after longer sentences, as they may have low skills and need case managers’ assistance to get jobs.
Programs for reentry also seek to improve public safety. With nearly two million adults incarcerated in state prisons and local jails, the costs of maintaining those facilities are increasing. Nationally, two out of every three people released from state prisons are rearrested for a new offense, and about half are reincarcerated within three years. This trend leads to a higher percentage of people housed in correction facilities. Reducing recidivism is critical for increasing long-term public safety and lowering corrections costs for states.
Public agencies and partner organizations can utilize their resources more effectively to create reentry programs for incarcerated individuals with the best possible outcomes. The following strategies can help you better support the prison population by cultivating a successful, evidence-based reentry program.
An effective reentry software will:
Case management is a critical component of the success of any inmate reentry program. A program can only be successful if it can monitor, record, and assess each person’s progress toward societal reentry. Software specifically designed for reentry programs can dramatically improve an agency’s chances of success. Successful Reentry programs, in turn, have several benefits for the community.
With PlanStreet, you get the following:
These benefits will improve the efficiency and impact of your reentry programs. To manage the heavy data load of case management for reentry cases, choose PlanStreet to streamline your operations and enhance impact.
To learn more about how PlanStreet’s customizable software can optimize reentry programs and for your other case management needs, schedule a live demo with our team today.