Cuff Key to Door Key: A Systems Approach to Reentry
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On June 12, 2013, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will launch its first-ever virtual conference, “Cuff Key to Door Key: A Systems Approach to Reentry.” Topics covered during the conference will include mental health, sentencing, a review of successful reentry programs, Thinking for a Change (T4C), and a look at how the challenges of reentry contribute to transforming corrections culture. Edward Latessa, the interim dean and professor at the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, will deliver the keynote address.
Prisoner reentry is a complex issue. The transition from jail or prison to the community can be challenging not only for offenders, but for their families and communities as well. Reentry and the reintegration of ex-offenders is a national public policy concern. Every year, more than 730,000 Americans are released from prisons across the country. Two-thirds of these individuals are rearrested within three years.
Common reentry services include housing, education, employment assistance, peer mentoring or case management, physical and mental health services, and family reunification. Reentry programs have traditionally focused on a specific area, such as job training and placement or treating substance abuse disorders. However, given the complexity of challenges facing returning offenders, a reentry program focused on a single area may not adequately address the issues faced by this population. In recent years, practitioners have recommended that agencies, including those not traditionally involved in reentry services (such as community colleges), coordinate to provide more comprehensive reentry strategies.
The NIC inaugural virtual conference will address these issues and more. With sessions scheduled throughout the day, the conference will provide opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional partners to learn more about reentry — and to discover how they can develop or improve reentry programs in their local area.
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