Source: (2002) Reentry Partnership Initiatives (RPI) series. College Park, MD: Bureau of Governmental Research, University of Maryland, College Park. Downloaded 28 May 2004.
Getting organizations to move outside the box and form system-wide, big picture partnerships to address the reentry issue is a significant first step toward real change in reentry practices. This paper provides a framework for implementing systemic reentry practices based on the experiences of the Office of Justice Programâ€™s eight Reentry Partnership Initiative (RPI) sites. For too long, offender reintegration has been viewed as an ideal goal that correction officials could aspire to — at least publicly — as long as it didnâ€™t interfere with more immediate concerns about prison safety and control. With the movement towards system-wide reentry partnerships, the focus of correction officials has shifted away from prison safety and towards public safety. A public safety goal creates opportunities to address both offender processing and offender change issues that span organizational lines, and, to redefine the role of both governmental and non-governmental agencies in reentry…. Drawing from prior relevant research and our own observations of pilot reentry initiatives across the country, this paper presents a working, conceptual model of the offender reentry process, and discusses evidence-based practices in the design and implementation of reentry programs. (excerpt)
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