Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $450,000)
The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning offenders. The PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning offenders find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre- and post-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised offenders.
The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Public Safety, will use its grant award to develop and implement individualized reentry plans for substance abusing offenders based on a dynamic and systematic assessment of offenders' risks, needs, and strengths. The project will 1) address housing needs at reentry; 2) create and administer a full complement of assessment, treatment, and referral services coordinated through the existing Denver Drug Court and Denver Crime Prevention Control Commission Reentry Center; and 3) modify sentences and Court oversight of substance abusing defendants.