Andy Anderson leads an Offender Recovery Training Program at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center (Photo credit: Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
INFO FOR JAIL PRACTITIONERS
Our city and county jails touch thousands of lives each year. Most of the individuals who cycle through local jails return to the surrounding community within just a few weeks. The needs of these individuals are formidable: the prevalence of substance abuse, mental illness, unemployment, and homelessness is high among the jail population. At the same time, the capacity for treatment and services in most jails is limited at best. These facts underscore the need for innovative collaborative, data driven approaches to jail transition.
Transition from Jail to Community
To address this issue our office suggests the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model developed by the National Institute of Corrections in partnership with the Urban Institute. This model achieves the goals of enhancing public safety and reducing recidivism through a systematic and collaborative approach.
Long Term Public Safety
Keeping people from returning to jail means avoiding another crime being committed in our communities
Resources are limited so we have to explore a method that maximizes resources to best manage offenders based on the level of risk they pose to your community.
Improved Individual Outcomes
Puts in place an infrastructure to benefit individuals who want to take ownership of their transition back to the community.
Community agencies can operate in silos that don’t interact with one another. Jails can play a key role in creating a framework to reinforce and regulate community partners.