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					From Cell to Street
Facility Re-Entry Services
             Objectives

• Transition From Prison to Community
  (TPC)
  – Overview of Pre-Release Programming
    offered at all facilities
  – Identification Acquisition
  – Optional Programming Opportunities
  – Special Populations
      Transitions and Reentry Services


• Staffing
  – Prisons with significant release numbers have
    an assigned transition program coordinator to
    facilitate reentry resources
  – Each of the nine adult prisons in Minnesota
    are staffed with a Transition Coordinator
  – Intake facility staffed with Child Support
    Liaison Worker
  – Central Office management team of four
    managers
     MN Correctional Facilities

• Faribault                • Lino Lakes
   – Jolene Peterson          – Joe McCoy

   – Jeff Petersen         • Rush City
                              – Jason Skwira
• Shakopee                 • Moose Lake
   – Sandy Hand               – Heather Walczynski
• Stillwater               • Willow River
   – Harriette Manis          – Craig Olsen
   – Bridget Letnes        • St. Cloud
      • Oak Park Heights      – Rebecca Fratzke
   Professional Collaboration
• Closing the
  Gap
 –Casework
  Involvement
 –Supervising
  Agent
 –Community
  Partnerships
                     Intake
• Orientation, continuum of service
  – Mandatory programming
  – Provides information on programming available at the
    facility and how to get into such programming
  – Allows time for a plan to develop
  – Focus

  – “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
    over and over again and expecting different
    results.”
       Continuum of services
• St. Cloud recommendations
  – What did they recommend
  – What does it mean if I complete these
    recommendations?
  – What does it mean if I do not?
• Case management expectations
  – What do they need and when?
• Supervising Agents
  – What to expect?
        Transitions and Reentry Services


• Pre-Release Class
• Mandatory
  –   Challenges of a broad audience
  –   Niche programming (SO, CD, RV, LSI-R)
  –   Continuum of Service – Intake through Expiration
  –   Schedules and programming vary from facility to
      facility based off of security/programming schedules
           Chapters Covered

•   Identification   • Family
•   Life Skills      • Restorative Justice
•   Housing          • Health
•   Education        • Money
•   Transportation     Management
•   Living Under     • Employment
    Supervision
                Sample Schedule
• Day 1                         • Day 3
   – Introduction/Attitude        –   Tax Credit
   – Identification               –   Federal Bonding
      •   Birth Certificate       –   Family Reunification
      •   Social Security         –   Child Support
      •   DL Record Review
                                • Day 4
      •   Driver’s License/ID
                                  – Release Planning
• Day 2                           – Casework Overview
   – Housing                      – Living Under
   – Credit (NovaDebt)              Supervision
   – Health Care Overview         – Agent Presentation
                                  – Optional Seminars
    Day 5: Creative Job Search

•   Job Search Preparation
•   Career Assessment
•   Skills Identification
•   Resume & Cover Letters
•   Applications
•   Networking
•   Internet Job Search
•   The Job Interview
•   Finishing Touches
               Caseworkers

•   Accept referrals/questions
•   Resource acquisition
•   Release Plan questions
•   Pre-Release involvement
•   Q&A
        Supervising Agents

• Living Under Supervision
• Myth Busters
• Collaboration with Stearns County and
  DOC Agents
• Monthly sessions
• Q&A
 Optional Seminar Opportunities

• Mandatory Pre-Release Class
• Interest-Drive
• Targeted Topics:
  – Housing, Financial Literacy, Family Reunification,
    Relapse Prevention, Child Support, College
    Preparation, Mock Interviews and Career
    Exploration
• Offenders are HIGHLY encouraged to enroll
  in the seminars that apply to their individual
  needs
       Housing Seminars


• Housing Link
• Salvation Army
          Financial Literacy

• The Village Financial
  Consulting
• Novadebt (Roseville,
  MN)
• Family Means
• Wells Fargo
       Family Reunification




• Bridge Builders for Kids
• Amicus
• Minding the Gap
        Relapse Prevention

• Facility CD
  Treatment Staff
• Mark Groves
• Transition Program
  Coordinators
Child Support—Lori Lofrano

– Crucial liaison       – Contact information
  between DHS/DOC         for county child
– EDUCATE                 support workers
– Assist in modifying   – Quash warrants for
  child support           non appearance
  orders for            – Try to lift driver’s
  incarcerated men        license
  at intake facility      suspensions prior
                          to release
        College Preparation

• St. Cloud State
  University
• St. Cloud Technical
  College

  Financial Aid Services
  Admissions
          Mock Interviews

• Interview
  Preparation
  – Felony Question
• Correction
  Teaching
  Assistants
• Volunteers
• Mock Interview
  Fairs
         Career Exploration

• Career Scope
• Career Exploration
  Class
• Follow-through
  – Vocational Short-term
    Programs
  – College
Identification
     Identification Barriers
• Need:
  – Birth Certificate
  – Social Security
  – State ID/Driver’s License
• Why don’t offenders have these
  items?
• Impact?
                Identification

• Social Security          • Birth Certificate
  Cards
  – Memo of                  – Various states/various
    Understanding              processes
    • Facilities partner     – Funding
      with local office      – Name issues
    • Difficulties with      – Road to identification
      varying offices          (DL/ID)
    • Varying Aliases
    • Social Security
      Numbers
        Driver and Vehicle Services

• Driver and Vehicle Services Record
  Reviews
  – Fines, Reinstatement Dates, Requirements
• Driver and Vehicle Services MN State
  ID/Driver’s License MOU
  – Contract DVS to come into the facilities and
    complete applications for MN State Id’s and
    Driver’s Licenses
    • Class D Written Test
                 DL/ID Issues

• Driver’s licenses suspended and revoked
  – Child support non-payment
  – Driving After Revocation, No Insurance, etc.
• Hard to prove identity in some cases (lost
  documents, aliases, name changes)
• Costs in both time and money to achieve
  ID docs
  – MN DL Renewal $24.00
  – State ID $18.00
          Transitions and Reentry Services
             SPECIAL POPULATIONS


•   Short-Term Offenders
•   Female offenders
•   Release Violators
•   Segregation
            Special Populations

• Short-Term
  Offenders (STO’S)
  – July 1, 2009
  – <180 Days
  – Unique Population
     •   Mandate
     •   Triage
     •   Demographics
     •   Concerns
            Where are they?

• MCF-St. Cloud retains
  all offenders who have
  less than 120 days to
  their schedule release
  date (SRD)
• If an offender has more
  than 120 days, he may
  be transferred to
  another facility
• MCF-Shakopee retains
  all female STO’s
           Services Received

• Under 14 Days to
  SRD
  – Triage
    •   Identification
    •   Health Care
    •   Resources
    •   Job Info
    •   Resume
    •   Optional Seminars
    STO Services Received

• Typical Short-Term Offender Transitional
  Services
  – Adapted Pre-Release Class
    • Targeted needs
  – Seminars
  – Self-Paced Opportunities
  – Resources
  – Key to success: Collaboration
Female Offenders
    Why Gender Matters…
o Because men and women are
  different. To treat men and
  women equally, we must treat
  them differently, while always
  following DOC policies and
  procedures!

o MN State Statute 241.70
Profiling the Female Offender
         based on July, 2009 statistics

o Average age 36-45 years old
o Typically female offenders
  complete higher levels of
  education
o Higher rates of mental health
  issues & dual diagnosis
o Parenting prior to & while
  they are incarcerated
o Greater medical needs
 Relevant Gender Issues

• Common issues that
  female offenders face
• Trauma and Addiction
• Relational Issues
       Common Issues

• Abuse
• Poverty
• Addiction
• Dysfunctional Relationships
            Release Violators

• Release Violators
  – “Hints on Transitions – Attitude, Issues
    and Resources‖ (HOT AIR)
    • The program motto is – ―It’s all Hot Air.
      What YOU do with it determines if your
      balloon flies‖
    • Primarily based off of repeat offender
      issues—more individualized services
          Release Violators

• Menu of services offered based off of
  needs…
  – Attitude
  – Issues
  – Resources
• Collaboration: Parole Officers, Ex-
  Offenders, Community Resources
       Segregation Services

• Large population getting released
  directly from segregation living units
  – MCF-St. Cloud Youthful Offenders
• Individualized triage services
 Transition Resource Rooms

• All facilities have a
  Transitions
  Resource Room
• Wide collection of
  resources
• Computer Access
• Tutor Assistance
MCF-St. Cloud Transition Resource Room
Transitions Resource Center
MCF-Shakopee
Computer Programs Available:

– Reentry resources        • Microsoft Excel and
  home page                  Word
– www.minnesotaworks.net   • Offender Workforce
– United Way 211             Development Division
– O-NET Work               • Win Way Resume
  Importance and             Deluxe
  Interest Profiler        • Legal Aid Information
– Career Scope             • Child Support
– Financial/Credit           Information
  Assistance
          Mock Interview Fairs

• IMPORTANT
  Community
  Collaboration
• Volunteer
  Interviewers
• Optional
• Class-Interview-
  Debrief
• Facility-wide initiative
         Transition Fairs
• One of the BEST services we offer
  offenders nearing release
• Community Organizations
• Offenders one year from their
  Supervised Release Date are invited
  to attend
• Collaboration/Education
• April 26th, 2011: MCF-Shakopee
  – Contact: Sandy Hand
• May 11th, 2011: MCF-St. Cloud
  – Contact: Rebecca Fratzke
• June 9th, 2011: MCF-Faribault
  – Contact: Jolene Peterson
• July 19th, 2011: MCF-Lino Lakes
  – Contact: Joe McCoy
• November 2nd, 2011: MCF-Stillwater
  – Contact: Harriette Manis
       Finally…
Collaboration is the ultimate
 key to successful offender
          reentry
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