Re-entry program


Reintegration programs and reintegration courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully “reintegrate” into society after their incarceration, thereby reducing recidivism, improving public safety and saving money.

One of the main goals of our reintegration efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reintegration, so that motivated people – who have served their time and paid their debt to society – are able to compete for a job, to obtain stable housing, to provide for the needs of their children and families and to contribute to their communities.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska has recognized the importance of a successful re-entry. By working with our law enforcement and community partners, we are fully involved in the development and implementation of creative solutions to overcome back-to-school barriers. We recognize that helping people return to productive lives after incarceration will make the District of Alaska a safer community. As part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska supports locally-based re-entry efforts and partners with eight re-entry coalitions statewide. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska has a designated re-entry coordinator.

Re-entry issues

Public security

Re-entry improves public safety. About two million adults are incarcerated in state and local prisons. Nationally, two in three people released from state prisons are re-arrested for a new offense and about half are returned to custody within three years. Reducing recidivism is essential to increasing long-term public safety and reducing the costs of corrections.

 

Employment

People in prison can expect their future earnings to be reduced by about 40 percent after they return to their community. Reintegration efforts aim to reduce barriers to employment so that people who have been involved in crime – after being held accountable and paid their dues – can compete for work opportunities.

Health

There is often a lack of continuity of care from inside the prison to the community. Reintegration efforts can help ensure that the Affordable Care Act and other reforms will dramatically increase access to appropriate physical and behavioral health interventions after release from incarceration. Substance abuse can be a significant barrier to successful reentry and a major health problem. Addressing the root causes of drug addiction improves public safety.

Education

Education is an essential resource for release preparation and an evidence-based tool for reducing recidivism among adults and youth. Participation in educational programs was associated with a 16% reduction in recidivism in one study. Education is also an essential element in increasing employment opportunities.

Housing

Stable housing with appropriate support services is a key factor in preventing homelessness and reducing recidivism. The goal is to reduce barriers to public and subsidized housing and advance promising models that improve outcomes for people who repeatedly use corrections and homeless services.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alaska District, prioritizes and supports local reentry efforts as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. The Re-entry Simulation is an educational outreach event that highlights the struggles and challenges faced by people in transition from incarceration in their communities. The re-entry simulation provides participants with the opportunity to understand the significant obstacles and barriers that men and women face after their release from incarceration and return to their community. The re-entry simulation provides visibility into the perspectives of returning citizens whom those on the ground are tasked with helping. The District’s goal is to represent a realistic landscape of what individuals face when they return home. By experiencing these complex obstacles and barriers that re-entrants must overcome after release, participants not only gain visibility into their individual perspective, but also discover innovative ways to help re-entrants succeed. Successful reintegration into the community is difficult. It is a complex process. Because each person has different needs, resources, and history, each person’s life path is different. Successful reintegration is not something that happens automatically upon release from incarceration, but it is something that is more likely to happen if planned for it.

For about an hour, participants experience a simulated first month of life after release. Each week takes place in a 15-minute segment. Between each of these segments, re-entrants are required to complete a probation recording, and depending on their degree of success in meeting the conditions of their release and completing the tasks assigned to them, re-entrants are either sent back to prison. , or returned to their assignment. housing.

Partnering with re-entry coalitions statewide, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Alaska has co-hosted more than 20 simulations since 2019 and educated more than 1,500 people on the challenges of re-entry. The events were well received and attended by lawmakers, prosecutors and defense lawyers, social service providers, mental health professionals, employers and employment assistance professionals, criminal justice professionals, law enforcement, probation, parole and corrections professionals, religious organizations, high schools. and students.

To plan a re-entry simulation in your community, contact Yulonda Candelario, re-entry coordinator at (907) 271-3303.

Please see the following resources for more information on re-entry:

National re-entry resource center

Find out why re-entry matters

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