ERIC Number: ED362674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
"Life after Prison." Successful Community Reintegration Programs Reduce Recidivism in Illinois.
Black, Hartzel L.; And Others
The Southeastern Illinois College Correctional Educational Division (SIC-CED) begins its involvement at the offender's entry into the correctional institution and continues through the community networking system upon his or her release from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Funding has been awarded for development and implementation of the expanded reintegration program, Community Networking for Offender Reintegration, and Life Skills Employment Awareness Program. To concentrate more thoroughly on a holistic approach to life after prison, SIC-CED has designed its programming to encompass 12 areas of an individual's life: educational, career, family, home, cultural, social, ethical, spiritual, mental, physical, health, and financial. To teach effective communication skills to offenders and to raise their awareness of the outside world, a conference calling system allows prospective mentors, employers, and others to speak directly with offenders via a speaker phone in the classroom. Other components of the transitional program include the following: a networking marketing specialist who coordinates and collaborates services for offenders scheduled for release; mentors; development of an employment portfolio; a computerized database/retrieval system that lists agencies and individuals that help ex-offenders; a statewide community reintegration network; a survival kit presented upon release; incentive awards; and tracking and follow-up of ex-offenders. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Correctional Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Employment Potential, Holistic Approach, Job Skills, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Recidivism, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Illinois Coll., Vienna. Correctional Education Div.