Innovative And Comprehensive Treatment for Convicted Felons
Reduce current 74% crime re-offense rate to less than 5%
Cure sex offenders and other unwanted behaviors
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Following are specific steps to rehabilitating felons.
The process starts with his/her entering a correctional intake center for evaluation. At this time, staff will determine the most appropriate prison for future transfer. The primary consideration is to find out if s/he wants to overcome the thinking errors that led to a conviction, and to do what is needed to live a responsible life when released to the community. Hopefully, a prison setting will have proper facilities and staff to provide the rehabilitation that is recommended in these materials. (The treatment process in a prison setting will be referred to in this material as a “rehabilitation center” or rehab.) Better yet, there would be one or more facilities entirely focused on rehab programs.
The felon will have the understanding that if s/he chooses rehab, a possible early release may be possible when they demonstrate they are no longer a risk to society and have the tools to succeed. When they choose rehab, it will be understood that if they fail to take part as needed or get involved with any violence, they would be transferred to a more secure lockup prison to remain there until their sentence expires.
The evaluation process here will determine education levels. Because the average U.S. graduates at a 5.2 grade level, having better skills will lead to greater success. If the evaluation process determines that an inmate’s levels aren’t at least a healthy 8th grade level, they should be required to take GED courses.
Because about 11% of convictions aren’t valid in terms of any specific laws being broken, intake center staff must allow the inmate to explain conviction circumstances to them. Even if an inmate claims innocence, the inmate should be allowed to the rehab program. It is probable that an appeal process could take years, and being involved in the rehab program can only be beneficial.
This is a link to the Oregon Intake and Assessment Center https://www.oregon.gov/doc/intake-and-assessment/Pages/home.aspx Physical and mental assessments are done, including education levels. As the reader reviews the contents of this site or one in their state, please note an absence of current rehabs totally focused on changing felon perceptions and insuring them of a successful life after release. When a rehab center(s) does exist, the inmate will be able to choose such a center over the option of being locked up with little chance for making needed changes. When an inmate is assigned a rehab program, they learn that if they choose not to progress, they can then lose that privilege and be transferred to a more secure facility. So what will it be like when an inmate reaches the rehab facility?
The Rehab Atmosphere
The facility is secure so that escape is prevented by walls and/or barbed fences, just like a more secure prison. An obvious difference is that there are no prison guards. The staff consists of social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric technicians, educators, vocational counselors and vocational instructors, and even folks that are training to learn more about mental health.
What happens if an inmate becomes a threat to someone or is involved with violence? Each staff person wears an alarm button that when it is triggered, is sensed by other staff persons on their device. The alarm signifies the building or ward in which the incident occurs. At the entrance of the incident location, a flashing red light becomes active to signify the location. Within seconds, staff persons respond to the area, and use only their physical presences to approach the individual perpetrators.
Inmates have their own room or cell. During the day, they are actively involved in appropriate activities. The activities are determined by the inmate with direction from an assigned counselor. The inmate will also be assigned to work at facility jobs such as cleaning, working in kitchens, and other maintenance jobs.
There is a wide range of programs that are presently offered in our prisons and communities. Here are some links that list some options:
When you take time to review the above sites, you will discover a range of other program links that offer great values related to rehabilitating inmates. You will find a consensus of opinions that agree to the need and value of treating incarcerated persons such as https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/2059-the-economic-impact-of-prison-rehabilitation/for-students/blog/news.php. Most prisons offer a few drug- related classes and some education. Some offer vocational classes. However, the focus needs to be totally on rehab involvement.
Inmates needing improved education skills can be enrolled as soon as they enter the rehab center. Using the Personal Education Plan (PEP) as offered at www.personalassistedlearning.info it is possible to involve all those needing the program. Click on the Personal Assisted Learning link. Review pages 10 to 13. The Personal Education Plan (PEP) form keeps track of the student’s progress. The education instructor assigns specific pages that need to be completed before the inmate sees the instructor again. The assignments are completed outside of class at the pace and place chosen by the student. This approach of putting responsibility on the inmate while being able to have large numbers of students enrolled, is personalized and efficient. This PEP use allows many more to take the classes than in a typical prison.
Developing computer skills and vocational skills are a necessity. Learning how to start their own business can be valuable as well. Staff can help the inmate develop their skills towards doing what they enjoy.
Inmates must do more than be enrolled in classes, groups, and activities. They must demonstrate success by test results, learned skills, and responsible behavior. The class instructors and treatment providers will have responsibility to regularly assess the changes that will lead to success upon release.
Release From Rehab
Upon successful completion of prescribed classes and treatment, the inmate will be eligible for early release to the community. Because required programs were completed in rehab, there is no need for further classes in the community. This prevents unneeded costs for the community and parolee.
A portion of the inmates’ rehab involve the development of vocational skills. Hopefully the instructors of the classes were able to arrange possible employment in the community where the inmate will serve his parole. This can overcome a major challenge of needing to find work while also providing needed income. If the inmate had learned how to develop his/her own business while in rehab, this can be an even better option.
As a parole officer later observes his client to be responsible and a success after a year of supervision, the client should be released from parole. This would reduce costs to his client and lessen the load on the parole system.
As seen in the attached Safety Solutions article, the offered links, and the proposed outline above, we must focus on rehab for our criminal justice solutions. These summaries are offered to you in the hope that you can be part of this solution for getting the obtainable results suggested at the beginning of this document.