Reentry is an inevitable consequence of incarceration. Each year, over 600,000 individuals are released from jails or prisons back into our communities. Individuals releasing from incarceration face a myriad of challenges that can impact how successful they are in maintaining a non-criminal lifestyle. This course will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by releasing individuals during the reentry process and strategies institutional and community corrections can apply to promote the continuity of care between life in a facility and life in the community. Further, the importance of collaboration among institutional and community corrections and allied professionals is discussed.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.50 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Overview of Reentry and Continuity of Care
What is Reentry?
What is Continuity of Care?
Reentry in the United States
Phases of Reentry
How Reentry Varies
Section 3: Reentry Challenges
Challenges During the Reentry Process
Uncertain release dates
Inaccurate Criminal History Databases
Difficulty Navigating Systems
State or Federal Laws
Physical and Behavioral Health Challenges
Education and Vocational Training Challenges
Social Support Challenges
Section 4: Collaboration to Overcome Challenges and Improve the Continuity of Care
The Need for Collaboration
Strategies to Improve the Continuity of Care in Reentry
Develop Reentry Plans Based on RNR Principles
Coordinate Management of the Reentry Plan
Communicate and Share Information Among Agencies and Allied Partners
Ensure “In-Reach” Services
Provide Opportunities for Peer Support
Section 5: Apply What You Have Learned
Savannah in the Correctional Facility
Savannah Preparing for Release
Savannah in the Community
Section 6: Conclusion
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Morgen Jaco, M.S.
Ms. Jaco has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Foreign Language with a Minor in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked in the criminal justice field for over 12 years, specifically in Corrections focusing on reentry and recidivism. Ms. Jaco has worked as an Institutional Probation Officer, a Furlough Probation Officer and a Reentry Program Manager within the Alaska Department of Corrections. As a Probation Officer, Ms. Jaco provided direct services and case management to incarcerated individuals throughout Alaska. As a Reentry Program Officer, Ms. Jaco was able to focus on macro-level policies that directly affect reentry and recidivism throughout the State of Alaska. Ms. Jaco also has experience in grant writing and the implementation of programs stemming from grant awards. Currently, Ms. Jaco works for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a non-profit organization that collaborates with the 8 federally recognized tribes within the Cook Inlet region to strengthen program and social service capacity for the region’s tribal communities.Disclosure: Morgen Jaco, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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