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Wisconsin Prisoner Reentry Initiative - Racine

Award Information

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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 Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WIDOC) will use its award to increase the capacity of current innovative offender reentry initiatives underway in Racine County. The WIDOC will perform reach-in and community transition services, including conducting comprehensive risk and needs assessments, individualized transition plans, pre and post-release services, employment training, mentoring, and supervision to high risk offenders who are released from WIDOC and the Racine County Jail to communities within Racine County.

The WIDOC will create an inter-agency Implementation Team, which will include representatives from the Racine County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the WIDOC, Racine County Jail, and faith based and community based agencies involved in the development and ongoing implementation of the program. The Implementation Team will be responsible for ensuring the project plan is developed, implemented, and continually monitored throughout the project.


Date Created: September 5, 2007