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South Dakota Department of Corrections Reentry Strategic Plan

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $749,749)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently 2.3 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition people make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 101 of the Act, in addition to providing grants to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration reentry projects, also allows for the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center.

The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated. Funded demonstration projects will use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders.
Projects will provide offenders in prisons or jails with all necessary services to facilitate reentry into the community. In addition, the projects will develop procedures to ensure that dangerous felons are not released from prison prematurely and provide services that address treatment needs and protect communities against dangerous offenders Allowable uses of funds to enhance a successful transition include: pre-release assessment and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

The South Dakota Department of Corrections will use the FY 2009 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative to implement their reentry plan. The plan is designed to increase public safety and positive outcomes for offenders by reducing the one-year recidivism by 50 percent over five years. Their five-year Reentry Strategic Plan was developed in collaboration with the department's adult corrections and parole divisions and project collaborative teams. The establishment of collaborative teams and the initial processes for offender assessment, planning for institutional services, and release planning components of the project are in place. Key implementation activities involve: (1) Ongoing utilization of the interagency teams; (2) recruitment of project staff; (3) the development and implementation of additional institutional and community-based programs, including evidence-based enhancements; (4) implementation of an evaluation component; and (5) ongoing adjustment of processes, services, and programs based on evaluation results. Monitoring of project implementation will be accomplished through monthly meetings of the project management team, quarterly reviews of the time/task plan by the policy workgroup and local task forces, and bi-annual reviews by the council.


Date Created: August 25, 2009