Reentry refers to the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs more than 650,000 people are released from state and federal prisons annually. An even greater number is released from local jails. Research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics published in 2006, has shown that two-thirds of these offenders will be rearrested and many will be reincarcerated within three years of their release. The number of offenders and the likelihood of their reincarceration have made reentry a priority for policy makers and criminal justice researchers and practitioners. Breaking the cycle of reoffending and re-incarceration has many important implications for public safety and policy.
Part of Karlton’s work includes re-entry using a holistic approach. Re-entry begins day one of incarceration. Karlton speaks to men and women that are behind bars to let them know that first they must change their thinking and their mindset. He takes cognitive behavior into consideration. One first must be free in their mind before they can be physically free. He believes that you have to help the spiritual and the physical man.
His belief is that reentry begins on day 1 of incarceration. It is our priority to reach the jail population while they are incarcerated and assist them in creating a exit strategy based on their individual assessments and our available resources.
He also believes that while it is good to assist people upon exiting, it’s more beneficial to reach them upon entering. This is an evidenced based practice proven to work; while waiting to assist too late has been proven to be very ineffective. He has a holistic goal. The goal is to encourage spiritual growth (SPIRIT), transform the criminogenic mindset (SOUL) and eliminate the physical barriers (BODY) that prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from successfully reintegrating back into society. This goal focuses on cognitive behavior change for program participants. This includes cognitive restructuring as well as social and problem skill development. Karlton’s motto: “In order to change criminal behavior, we must first transform the criminogenic mind!”
“Our actions are manifestations of our thoughts!”
Re-Entry Programs help participants:
- Identify the barriers that oppose successful reentry.
- Confront the barriers while incarcerated.
- Create a strategic action plan to eliminate the barriers.
Included services in the re-entry programs he designs are:
Job Readiness / Housing/ Benefits/ Life Skills
For General Population:
Education: G.E.D/Financial Literacy/Life Skills
Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Criminogenics
Job Readiness: Resume Writing, Job Application , Mock Interviews, Job Placement
Reentry Preparation Program:
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Value Clarification, Goal Setting & Achieving
Victim Awareness & Restitution
Job Placement Assistance
Money Management Skills
Reentry Support Resources
Mentoring / Recovery Coaches/ Counseling
The barriers include:
Family Support System
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