CRIME PREVENTION AND CONTROL COMMISSION
To create and execute an evidence-based, accountable, and efficient public safety strategy to reduce crime and
delinquency in Denver.
COMMUNITY REENTRY APRIL 3, 2009
AGENDA Discussion / Summary Action Items
HANDOUTS Agenda, April Minutes
ATTENDANCE Shirley Beye, Dwayne Burris, Randy Craven, Angela Douglas, Kara
English, Willie Falls, Tabitha Harris, Nadine Kerstetter, Carol Lease, Greg
Mauro, Innael Miranda, Nancy Montanez, Jose Montoya, Tonya
Rozencwajg, Liz Shackford, Kristen Spakes
Staff: Shelley Siman
MINUTES Approved as is by Carol
UPDATES Denver County Jail Transition Units
Kristin presented on Men’s Unit – started 2 years ago, have served
approximately 650 inmates, most have Axis I diagnosis. Mixed
criminal histories – have to agree to treatment and have a psychiatric
diagnosis. Medications and life skills/relationships teaching. Looking
to partner with MHCD to have beds in the community. Many leave
the jail homeless and return right away. Looking to address this.
Original goal was to reduce jail violence and assist with reentry.
Since program started, 63% decrease assaults on staff, 14% inmate -
inmate, 22% decrease overall. Fifty slots in unit at a time. Also do
outreach in the jail. Have their own assessments – criminal and
social history, needs for discharge from progam.
Women’s Unit – have been in existence for 3 months – have same
issues as men, also take women who are already stable on their
meds, because they are housed in a dorm setting, no direct
supervision. Trying to establish forms and process that are more
geared towards women. Trying to fill gaps. Denver Inner City Parish
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provides reentry services for these women. Will be interviewed for
continued services once they are out. Help with housing,
employment, child care, clothing. Have to be tested by UA every
time they come in for services. Most have children and most are
involved with Child Protection Services, majority have childhood
trauma. There are 36 slots. Try to keep around 30 women due to
space issues. Used CICP to get prescriptions filled – women call
Denver Health to get them filled. Only provide 2 weeks worth. GAP
funds used through MHCD. Do not leave with meds, have to fill
script on the outside.
Transition from Jail to Community
Steering committee oversees four working committees –
screening/assessment, curriculum, data and evaluation and
Screening/assessment – Web-ex presentation by NIC/UI. Reviewed
proxy tool and other risk assessments and how to implement these.
Who to assess, who does assessments and at what point. How to
determine target populations for levels of service. Needing to
integrate the initial screen with the jail classification and housing
process. Next meeting will be on May 5th at 2 p.m. at county jail in
the Life Skills building. Uniformed staff will be present to answer
Curriculum – Case Planning – will also be having a web-ex seminar
to review curriculum. Reviewed classes that are currently in place
and determined which classes should be core. Also reviewed support
groups. Will also determine what should be available based on client
needs that will be determined once screening and assessments are in
place. Next meeting will be scheduled after the Web-ex session.
Committee asks steering group to think about gender-specific
Data and Evaluation – revisited definition for recidivism and how to
measure. Will look at a two year criminal history prior to
participation, and move forward post program to one-year to see
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activities of client and determine outcomes. Will continue to rely on
Omni reentry database for the meantime. Discussed JMS, but will
continue to use Omni system until JMS is further explored.
Sustainability – will primarily work on institutionalizing a reentry
process. Has not begun meeting yet. Committee will also look at
funding opportunities. Will explore these opportunities through TJC
Life Skills update
1,039 people have been served since inception (4/2007). 89 are
currently active. A second job fair is being planned.
Staff is reviewing reentry process evaluation completed by Omni.
Staff and service provider (Turnabout) attended Motivational
Interviewing training in early April. This was a recommendation by
the Client Outcomes Evaluation.
Nancy has toured new justice center – areas for programs off pods,
tunnel for movement from jail to courts. Will be selecting deputies
who are supportive of programs.
CRP update – see monthly report summary
NEXT MEETING June 5, 2009 – Native American Women and Criminal Justice System –
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