Central Indiana Women Offenders Transition Project

William H. Barton, Indiana University Purdue University

This paper will discuss the development of a pilot project to assist women offenders transitioning from prison to the community in central Indiana. Concerned that gaps in services foster poor outcomes for ex-offenders, the Offender Reintegration Subcommittee of the United Way of Central Indiana's Safety and Violence Impact Council conducted an assessment of offender reintegration needs in Central Indiana during the summer of 2000. This study, based on a review of archival information, focus groups with offenders and key informant interviews with service providers, pointed to the potential value of creating an intensive, individualized case management approach. This program, with the endorsement of a wide array of public and private stakeholders, will begin in the summer of 2001 as a supplement to the Department of Correction's transition programming. While the women are still in prison, a community case manager will begin working with the offender and significant others in the community to develop a reintegration plan. Upon the women's release, the case manager will complement regular probation or parole services and actively coordinate formal and informal services and resources to implement the reintegration plan. This paper will also discuss evaluation plans for this pilot program.

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