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NCJ Number: 210713 Find in a Library
Title: Reentry in Ohio Corrections: A Catalyst for Change
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:56  Issue:2  Dated:June 2005  Pages:158-172
Author(s): Reginald A. Wilkinson; Edward E. Rhine; Martha Henderson-Hurley
Date Published: June 2005
Page Count: 15
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the major reentry initiatives implemented by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) through and subsequent to the adoption of the DRC's Ohio Plan for Productive Offender Reentry and Recidivism Reduction.
Abstract: The plan proposes 44 recommendations for the development of a reentry system with seamless services and program delivery that extend from sentencing through discharge from postrelease supervision. This involved a redefinition of DRC's mission and vision for reentry to emphasize continuity in service provision during and after incarceration, as well as the inclusion of the community in the reentry process. In progress toward the implementation of these recommendations, the DRC has established partnerships with numerous public and private agencies in order to expand and increase the services for released offenders in the areas of education, employment, mental health, substance abuse, and family services. As part of its efforts to improve reentry initiatives, Ohio was selected as one of nine States to implement a reentry court program, which involves court-supervised development of an individualized reentry plan and intensive court-monitored case management to ensure its implementation and compliance. This article briefly describes other components and services offered under the plan. Selected as one of the sites in the Urban Institute's multi-year, multi-state documentation of the reentry process and the challenges facing offenders after release, this study documented gaps in services for seriously medically and mentally ill offenders released into the community, gaps which the DRC is currently attempting to fill. 14 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Case processing; Correctional planning; Diagnostic and reception processing; Interagency cooperation; Ohio; Post-release programs; Prerelease programs; Social reintegration
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