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NCJ Number: 207660 Find in a Library
Title: Community-Based Treatment for Homeless Parolees
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:66  Issue:6  Dated:October 2004  Pages:100-103
Author(s): Linda Connelly; John Larivee
Date Published: October 2004
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development, operation, client characteristics, and impact of San Francisco's Milestones Program, which operated for 10 years as a "one-stop" center where parolees could receive all the services necessary for a successful reentry into the community.
Abstract: Although Milestones began with an initial mandate to assist parolees in obtaining suitable employment as quickly as possible, the staff quickly recognized that the parolees could not hold a job and manage money before substance abuse was addressed and other treatment needs were met. Comprehensive, 7-day a week, onsite programming encompassed individual, group, and family counseling; substance abuse education and treatment; cognitive skills; relapse prevention; 12-step groups; life skills; GED and literacy programs; health education; vocational evaluation, job preparation, and placement; creative arts; and parenting education. A valuable component was community service work that was performed by all clients for 20 hours per month, which allowed them to give back to the community while developing skills and self-esteem. Overall, structured, culturally specific, diversified residential treatment services were provided, with a focus on client accountability and maximum use of community resources. Parolees who do not have the benefit of such services upon release are at high risk of becoming homeless, jobless, drug abusers who are at high risk of reoffending. Although Milestones is no longer operating, California is preparing to open new sites throughout the State.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): California; Coeducational corrections facilities; Halfway houses; Homeless offenders; Parolees; Post-release programs
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