Approximately 95% of offenders who enter prison will eventually be released to the community. Research has determined that offenders who have had training to prepare for their reentry are more successful in maintaining a crime-free life after prison.
Although transitional centers are the preferred method of preparing offenders for returning to the community, there is a limited amount of space available in these centers. Further, some offenders, because of their criminal histories, are not eligible for transitional centers.
The reentry Initiative establishes 'in house' transitional dormitories within existing state prisons for these types of offenders. Within 12 months of their actual maximum release date, they would be isolated from the rest of the prison population and would receive intensive training and work to focus on their reentry skills. This intervention would include substance abuse treatment, education, and job skills, linking with actual job placement.