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NCJ Number: 201668 Find in a Library
Title: Pennsylvania Approach to Re-Entry
Journal: Corrections Today Magazine  Volume:65  Issue:5  Dated:August 2003  Pages:68-70,72,73
Author(s): Jeffrey A. Beard; Kathleen Gnall
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 5
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections’ (DOC) approach to offender re-entry into the community.
Abstract: Like most department’s of correction around the country, in the past Pennsylvania’s DOC viewed its primary responsibility as that of keeping inmates away from society to protect the public safety. However, in recent years, the goal of imprisonment has changed from purely punishment to a focus on the rehabilitation of the offender and their successful re-entry into the community. Pennsylvania’s DOC has adopted a three-pronged approach to the goal of keeping society and inmates safe and providing for inmates’ rehabilitation and successful re-entry into the community. First, a thorough risk and needs assessment is conducted with all men and women entering Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities. The assessment involves the utilization of Pennsylvania’s own internally developed and validated classification instrument. The second phase of the approach to re-entry involves offering inmates services based on their risk and needs assessment and the clinical judgments of correctional staff. The services include alcohol and other drug treatment programs; work and education programs; citizenship education; family, relationship, and self-esteem programs; offense-related programs; and re-entry programs. Finally, the department offers a community re-entry program called the Community Orientation and Reintegration (COR) program, which assists inmates with the skills necessary to find and keep jobs and to successfully remain in the community. Pennsylvania’s DOC strives to continually assess and update their programs through the use of constant evaluation and research partnerships.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies; Pennsylvania; Prerelease programs
Index Term(s): Inmate classification; Inmate Programs
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