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May 08, 2007
Male user jpearson 2 posts

Topic: Everything Education / Reentry practices, concernsÂ…help?

Sometimes here it's directions to the homeless shelter. I'd be interested in any local, county jurisdictions that have experience with reentry programs for offenders sentenced to the county jail. One of the challenges is that a number of these sentenced inmates who are not in custody long enough to accomplish goals such as GED, or any real progress in treatment programs. Longer sentences rarely go beyond 9 months net on a one year sentence. Better partnering with probation and human services, and other local programs may have some promise if they can become involved while the offender is in jail in order to continue their involvement after release. This is especially challenging in small jurisdictions such as we have. Also, is there any experience in providing incentatives, such as an early release, for making certain, positive steps in programs. John Pearson, Napa Co., Calif.
May 08, 2007
Male user jpearson 2 posts

Topic: Everything Education / Need to measure success of offender programs?

Well, Dave, guess you've never been in jail or prison. I've offered to those with comments like yours to give me control of your life for a weekend, not in a jail or prison, but at a fancy hotel at my cost. Never had a taker. But, there is a shred of truth in what you say--but in my experience it applies mainly to offenders who could better be handled in the community where they have to face reality, family responsibilities, etc. However, many are chronically disfunctional, so this is not doing nothing vs incarceration, it requires structured intervention and support.

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