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 Iowa Department of Corrections will use the FY 2007 Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) award to improve community safety by providing pre-release services, transitional planning and aftercare services for offenders released from state institutions. The funds received from the FY 2007 PRI award will be used to develop the Rural Service Delivery Model which will provide program design, an incremental implementation process, and comprehensive program evaluation.
The Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services (DCS) will use FY 2007 PRI funds to hire three Community Treatment Coordinators to assist in coordinating the transitional planning and aftercare services. To supplement needed resources for District-wide implementation, DCS will restructure the Day Treatment Programs in Ames, Marshalltown, and Mason City as a means to utilize four existing Community Treatment Coordinators to support the project.