Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) June 30, 2010
The Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) is partnering with BI Incorporated to open an intensive Day Reporting Center (DRC) in Shreveport with a focus on reducing recidivism rates, creating a structured and supportive environment that is conducive to successful offender reentry and redirecting limited tax dollars to other worthwhile causes, like education and health care.
DRC programs will supplement supervision efforts of the Probation and Parole Division to manage higher risk parolees and probationers living in the community who are non-compliant with supervision requirements and are on the cusp of being sent back to jail. The Shreveport DRC opens July 6 and is the second such facility in Louisiana – the first is located in New Orleans.
“Just under half of those individuals released from prison each year will return to prison within five years,” said Corrections Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. “While high recidivism rates are not unique to Louisiana, the DRC concept is an evidence-based, best practices approach that has proven successful in reducing the number of individuals who cycle in and out prison, and that is an outcome that is good for DOC, for the individual under supervision and for the community as a whole.”
“Our goal is to support the state’s public safety efforts by managing higher risk ex-offenders and building community partnerships that help get these individuals out of the system,” said John Thurston, BI Vice President of Reentry Supervision Services. “We have a history of working with Louisiana officials, and we are pleased to renew this working partnership.”
BI’s Day Reporting and Reentry centers provide a three-phase approach with high-risk parolees and probationers who previously have failed conditions of release and have proven through a risk and needs assessment to be resistant to change and treatment. The Shreveport DRC, located at 1513 Line Avenue #225, is near the state’s District Probation and Parole Office to simplify reporting requirements and coordination between BI and the supervising officers.
MEDIA NOTE: An open house at the Shreveport DRC will be held August 10, from noon to 5 p.m.
BI combines frequent reporting to the center with treatment classes that:
- Reduce recidivism
- Target employment or full-time school enrollment upon program completion
- Generate savings for taxpayers
- Alter criminal attitudes and behavior
BI’s programs are cognitive behavioral treatment programs operating under evidence-based principles. First, BI closely monitors the behavior of offenders referred to the DRC with frequent check-ins, ongoing drug and alcohol testing and intensive case management. In addition, participants receive the treatment to help break cycles of criminal behavior. Group classes include:
- Substance abuse education and treatment
- Moral Reconation Therapy® cognitive restructuring therapy
- Anger management
- Life skills classes
- Parenting and family classes
- Employment skills building
- Team building
- Mental health services
- Adult basic education services
- Community connections
Depending on performance, individuals may participate in the center from 60 days or until their goals have been achieved. Program rules are strict and include graduated sanctions for non-compliant behavior.
For additional information on the Department of Corrections’ Offender Reentry initiatives, please visit http://www.doc.louisiana.gov.
About BI Incorporated
BI Incorporated is a leader in providing community-based reentry centers and operates nearly 30 cognitive behavioral treatment programs nationwide. BI also is a leader in location monitoring technology, including sophisticated GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring and electronic monitoring systems and support services. For more information on BI Incorporated’s technology, treatment and supervision services, please visit http://www.bi.com.
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