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					2012 DAMASCUS WAY PROGRAM
December 2012
Societal Issue


 • Nationally 2,300,000 inmates are behind
   bars

 • 95% of all prisoners are eventually released
 • In Minnesota, 9,501 are incarcerated
    • 18,312 are under supervision of the
      Department of Corrections.


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Recidivism


• Nationally
  • Over 70% return to prison


• Minnesota
  • 30% return to prison for new felonies
    after three years


                                            4
The “Revolving Door”

                            2 out of 3 will go back
              Recidivism       to prison


              We can         Lack of
   Lack of
  Resources   stop the     Treatment
                Cycle


                Over-
              population


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Damascus Way Mission

 • Damascus Way seeks to provide a structured,
   caring, Christian-oriented program to
   enable adult males involved in the
   correctional system to remain crime and
   chemical-free.
 • Assists the men to address their personal
   issues and meeting their individual goals.
 • Guides them in their successful integration as
   productive citizens serving God and their
   communities.
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Meeting Spiritual Needs




     Meeting                  Offering                 Development
 offenders with              Christian                 of a Christian
 the message of             counsel and                   Support
   Jesus Christ              guidance                   community
    A place where Biblical truth is taught so men can learn how to live
                     new lives of freedom in Christ


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Our Approach

 To assist ex-offenders in becoming responsible,
 contributing member of the community
   Housing Assistance
   •Partnerships with area housing agencies
   •Relationship with Christian supportive housing
   Employment Services
   •Partnerships with area employment agencies
   •Christian Construction programs
   Community Support
   •Partnership with area 12-step groups
   •Weekly in-house support meetings
   •Links to area churches
   •AA, NA and SO meetings

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Facts about
Damascus Way
• Founded in 1974
• Licensed with the
  Minnesota Department of Corrections since 1981
• Work release contract since 1989
• Supervised release contract since 1990
• Rochester location was established in 2006
• In our Golden Valley and Rochester facilities, we have
  a total of 36-beds with options for further housing
• A 24/7 facility all year around
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Offenses

• Criminal sexual conduct
• Controlled substance
• Robbery and failure to register as a sex offender
• Theft and Traffic (DWI/DUI)
• Assault, Burglary, Firearm
• Murder, Manslaughter, Weapons, Stolen Vehicle,
  Kidnapping, Stolen Property

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2012 Demographics

  Black
  • 51%
  White
  • 42%
  Native American
  • 5%

  Hispanic
  • 3%
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Supervision Categories

 Work Release
 • 5-8 month stay
 • Considered an inmate until program completion

 Intensive Supervised Release
 • 60 days
 • Includes sex offenders

 Supervised Release
 • 60 days
 • Agent supervised parolees

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Successful Completion

 Completion of mandated time as directed
 by the Department of Corrections
  • Satisfactory progress on goals
  • Full-time employment
  • Establishing a support network
  • Being chemically free
  • No major program violations within the last 14
    days
  • Having an acceptable release plan

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Damascus Way’s Success


      After four and one-half years,
       only 7% returned to prison


 That’s a 93% success rate


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Description of Services


                                                    Monitor
                                   Employment      movements
                                    verification     in the
                                                   community


                           Regular drug                  Enforce daily
                             testing                       curfews


                                      Facility
                                     rounds/       Overnight
                                      rooms         security
                                      checks




 Damascus Way Reentry Center                                             15
A TEAM of Dedicated Staff

 Craig Fruen
 • Damascus Way Associate Director
 • Program Director, Golden Valley
 Dan Sepeda
 • Program Director, Rochester
 Plus an entire support team of:
 • Caseworkers
 • Administration
 • Weekend shift supervisors and night security
 • Supervisors
 • Cooks and Food procurement
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Supporting Damascus Way


                • 85% of our current budget comes from program
  Financially     fees.
                • We need contributors to help make up the
                  difference.




   Volunteer    • Our residents need long term mentors and career
                  opportunities; i.e., Alpha Program




     Pray       • Your prayers change lives




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Beyond the Horizon

 Expansion
 • Exploring other communities

 St. Peter
 • Additional opportunities
 • Political realities




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Thank You

				
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