Pre-Release Approximately 3-6 months prior to release, Transition offenders are administratively assigned to pre- release classes with the Transition Center. The pre-release program runs 3 days and Center offenders learn creative search skills as well as enhance their personal abilities in areas MCF-WR/ML such as: • Health and Life Skills • Resumé/Interviewing Skills • Housing • Education • Employment • Money Management • Family and Friend Relationships • Living Under Supervision • Identification • Transportation • Restorative Justice For more information about Restorative Justice MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake or at MCF-WR/ML any other facility of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, visit The Restorative Justice program is an opportunity for offenders to take responsibility our website at: for their offense, understand the impact and learn ways to repair some of the harm to the www.doc.state.mn.us victim as well as to the larger community. Minnesota Correctional Facility Some of the programs include: Heather Walczynski Willow River/Moose Lake • Crime Victims Rights Week Transition Center Coordinator • Amends 1000 Lakeshore Drive Heather Walczynski • Ronald McDonald “Pop Tops” Moose Lake, MN 55767 Transition Center Coordinator • Property Recycling Phone: (218) 485-5236 • Recovery Newsletter Email: hwalczynski @ ml.doc.state.mn.us Pat Stevens • Reality Check Education Director se Lake Moo pp • Locks of Love pp pp p pp P pp P pp pp s pp • Conflict Resolution Initiative Pr int C Production C l as Dan Hilleran • Restorative Justice Week Printed by MCF-ML Print Production Class 2008 Warden ithin the Department of Education Education Identification at MCF-Moose Lake, the Transition W Center is the bridge between An education is one of the most important Without identification it is difficult for anyone offenders and agencies that provide resources things you can gain to help you build a better to get a job, cash paychecks or open a bank which will help them upon release. We also life for yourself. account. provide educational programs that will allow “Knowledge is Power!” The Transition Center can help offenders with offenders to develop personal skills. the following: Our goal is to provide the necessary tools An education will give you a strong, positive • Drivers License Status Check and information so that offenders can lead a mindset and will increase your chances of • Drivers License Renewal healthy, positive and productive lifestyle and getting a good job. • Getting a Drivers Permit thus be an asset to all. The Transition Center can help offenders find • Obtaining a MN ID Card college information, specific course information Offender Caseworkers will assist in obtaining Housing and help them in applying for federal financial social security cards and a copy of a birth assistance. certificate. Both are required in order for Often times, certain types of convictions will limit what is available for housing. The The Education Department offers GED offenders to obtain a DL or ID. Transition Center has literature for many classes for anyone who does not have a high different housing needs. We have brochures school diploma. Critical Thinking skills classes Transition Newsletters and a database covering transitional housing, are also available to offenders. A quarterly newsletter is published and halfway houses, and sober houses and mailed out to over 300 agencies that support subsidized housing for each county within Personal & Family Support and assist offenders in need. Minnesota. Supporting a family is difficult while incarcerated and is equally difficult upon Transition Fair Employment release. The Transition Center can assist offenders in the areas of: Every year the Transition Center puts on a Employment is a large barrier offenders face fair to provide an opportunity for agencies from when leaving prison. Finding employment • Child Support all over the state to come in and provide, in depends on many variables such as a person’s • Child Care person, resources they may have. Many non- work history, their skills and abilities and their • Finding Legal Help profit organizations, trade unions, colleges, and desire to work. The Transition Center provides • Youth Services community program coordinators come in to resource information for: • Senior Services meet with offenders and offer support. • MN Workforce Centers • Food Shelves • Temporary Employment Agencies • Thrift Stores In 2004, The National Institute of Corrections • Bonding Programs • General Assistance from Washington, D.C. visited the MCF- • Employer Tax Credit Programs • MN Health Care Moose Lake Transition Fair, made a video, • Rehabilitation Services • Veterans Assistance and developed an Offender Employment • Social Security Information Curriculum to be used in facilities across the We also assist offenders in writing a resumé • Provide a Credit Status form country. This fair set the bar for all correctional as well as developing more positive interview facilities. skills. Immigration and naturalization information is also available and we have addresses for all court or vital records departments throughout the country.