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Partnerships - U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice's Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative is a comprehensive effort that addresses both juvenile and adult populations of serious, high-risk offenders. It provides funding to develop, implement, enhance, and evaluate reentry strategies that will ensure the safety of the community and the reduction of serious, violent crime. This is accomplished by preparing targeted offenders to successfully return to their communities after having served a significant period of secure confinement in a state training school, juvenile or adult correctional facility, or other secure institution. Twenty states received grants awards from the U.S. Department of Justice in October 2006.

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative envisions the development of model reentry programs that begin in correctional institutions and continue throughout an offender's transition to and stabilization in the community.  These programs provide for individual reentry plans that address issues confronting offenders as they return to the community.  The initiative encompasses three phases and is implemented through appropriate programs:

Phase 1 - Protect and Prepare: Institution-Based Programs.  These programs are designed to prepare offenders to reenter society.  Services provided in this phase include education, mental health and substance abuse treatment, job training, mentoring, and full diagnostic and risk assessment.

Phase 2 - Control and Restore: Community-Based Transition Programs.  These programs work with offenders prior to and immediately following their release from correctional institutions. Services provided in this phase include, as appropriate, education, monitoring, mentoring, life-skills training, assessment, job-skills development, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Phase 3 - Sustain and Support: Community-Based Long-Term Support Programs.  These programs connect individuals who have left the supervision of the justice system with a network of social services agencies and community-based organizations to provide ongoing services and mentoring relationships.

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