Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition is to ensure successful offender reentry, reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

The Coalition will achieve these goals through collaborative partnerships with government entities, faith and community-based organizations and other stakeholders.

The Coalition will utilize a holistic evidence-based approach that starts at the point of contact with the criminal justice system and includes education, families, health services, alcohol and other drug treatment, job training, mentorship and housing.

OHIO REENTRY REPOSITORY

The Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition through the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announces the launching of a Reentry Program Repository. This “first of its kind in Ohio” is intended to be used by service and treatment providers, offenders, agency personnel at the state, county, and municipal level, advocacy organizations, colleges and universities, and citizens across the state. Its purpose is to provide timely and easy-to-access information on programs in Ohio that will aid offenders in their successful transition back to their home communities. The Office of Offender Reentry within the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction oversees the Ohio Reentry Program Repository. Subject Matter Experts have been identified to review program applications submitted through the website (see below for further information).

WHAT IS A REENTRY PROGRAM?

Reentry starts when an offender is initially incarcerated and ends when the offender has been successfully reintegrated in his or her community as a law-abiding citizen. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of research and evidence-based program services in both pre-and post-release settings, designed to ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Subject Matter Experts will be looking for the following strategies and tools when reviewing a submitted program. Ideally, program submissions should include at least three of the evidence-based principles noted herein. These principles, informed by research, should:

  1. Rely on validated risk and needs assessment tools to identify offenders’ risk to reoffend and criminogenic needs.
  2. Direct programming and interventions to medium and higher risk offenders targeting their dynamic criminogenic needs (e.g., substance abuse, impulsive behavior, criminal peers, criminal thinking). Monitor low risk offenders with a “light touch.”
  3. Develop more or less intensive individualized case planning for offenders based on the principles of risk management established in (1) and (2).
  4. Ensure that the programs or treatment interventions are grounded in the principle of responsivity relative to different learning styles, cultural/gender differences, and literacy levels.
  5. Encourage the recognition and correction of thinking errors, and provide opportunities to practice and role play newly-learned behaviors.
  6. Use a higher ratio of incentives to sanctions in promoting behavioral change through responses to non-compliance or misconduct should be met with swiftness, certainty and proportionality.
  7. Deliver services in natural environments, where possible, with a focus on the final outcome of recidivism reduction?

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

If you are interested in submitting a program for review and posting in the Ohio Reentry Program Repository, please contact Brian Byorth 614-728-1905.

ALL IN COMMUNITY - UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - WEST OHIO CONFERENCE

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Here is a link to the All In Community video. Also, it is now posted on YouTube.

ARCH – Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope

WHY 

Returning citizens have paid their debt to society in terms of serving time in jail or prison yet continue to face monumental challenges to become active members of the community.  These consequences include collateral sanctions instituted by public policy, unemployment, homelessness, lack of reliable transportation, social service, and mental health treatment needs, and family life issues. The effects of criminal behavior and incarceration are also a major contributor to poverty in our community.  A central concern for SvDP and the Catholic Diocese of Columbus is the availability and commitment of properly equipped parish communities and members of SVdP to welcome and walk with returning citizens on their journey of faith, recovery, and reintegration back to society.  

 HISTORY

The ARCH Ministry includes elements surfaced by a Returning Citizens Working Group that was convened in 2016 by the Office for Social Concerns and the Vincentian Ohio Action Network, representing Catholics, prison ministers, formerly incarcerated leaders, and community partners actively meeting to address these needs.  The ministry was formally launched in Winter 2017.

(ARCH - Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope) inside the churches. You can watch it online at www.svdpcolumbus.org/arch

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