Success Through Support & Planning
Research reveals that most incarcerated adults are optimistic about their chances of success after release and believe they will be less likely to reoffend than other prisoners. Unfortunately, without assistance most women who are released from prison will have subsequent contact with the criminal justice system. Recent cross-state estimates of recidivism suggest that 58% of incarcerated women are rearrested, 38% are reconvicted, and 30% are returned to prison in the three years following their release from prison.
How We Help
Most of the current research on women and incarceration has focused on the deficits of female institutions, correctional programing, and institutional classification. This research suggests that correctional institutions are either managed based on policies developed for male offenders or procedure is couched based on outdated, stereotypic assumptions of female criminality. In terms of treatment and service provision, female correctional institutions have historically not provided the range of programmatic opportunities offered in men’s prisons, and available training often were limited to stereotypically feminine occupations (Cobina, 2012).
At New Direction Reentry Center, we believe in providing our clients with a safe, respectful environment; promoting healthy relationships; addressing substance use, trauma, and mental health issues; providing women with opportunities to improve their socioeconomic conditions; establish “comprehensive and collaborative” community services; and prioritizing women’s empowerment.
Our program begins with an initial consultation 6 to 8 weeks prior to their release. This is allows us to build our first stage intake profile. Within the profile we identify anticipated needs for the first 30 days and which additional services may be needed as they move through the program.
Our Reintegration Program was designed to minister to the full person. The average program duration is 14 weeks, but we use that as a guideline and not a hard rule. If a client adjusts quickly and is ready to move to a mentoring and coaching relationship, then their journey may be shorter. Likewise, if the incarceration experience proved more traumatic and a client needs more time to not only acclimate themselves with friends and family, but to define who they are and their responsibilities. more time is available. Our program services include:
- Free Health Screenings – Through partnerships with local physicians, and health clinics in order to provide preventative health screenings
- GED Prep Education – Each individual will be pre- post tested in various academic as well as non-academic areas, free GED study guides and with access to computers to complete online exams.
- Drug Treatment Support – Referrals to outpatient substance treatment counseling to for individuals who are in need.
- Life Skills – Conflict resolution, anger management, interpersonal skills and soft skills development, etc.
- Court Ordered Parenting Classes - General parenting skills, and development of positive relationships with their children
- Employment Readiness – Assist with gaining employment, dress for success, completing job applications, resumes, etc.