Community programming is provided to those justice-involved individuals who are on some sort of community supervision. They are referred for services through their probation/parole officer. All recidivism reduction services, including cognitive behavior intervention, support services, and substance abuse treatment, are provided by approved vendors contracted through the Department of Adult Correction.
Community Programs staff work with community partners to develop effective, evidence-based programming for recently-released offenders and those on community supervision. The section works to ensure that staff, vendors, service providers and volunteers understand the research on correctional interventions, as well as the importance of delivering quality programs in a consistent manner.
The ongoing challenge is keeping high-risk offenders engaged in services. Correctional research and practice dictate that justice-involved individuals must remain engaged for longer periods of time and receive the appropriate services for programs to be effective and have an impact on recidivism.
Rehabilitation and Reentry Community Development Specialists oversee the recidivism reduction services in each of their respective divisions. The Community Development Specialist staff ensure services are being provided per policy and referrals are properly submitted and processed.