Experiences in Reentry Program Implementation: The Genessee County (Flint, MI) Parolee Re-Entry Program

Eric L. Grommon, Michigan State University
Timothy S. Bynum, Michigan State University
William S. Davidson II, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT
The Genesee County Parolee Re-Entry Program (GPREP) attempts to reduce instances of parolee substance abuse relapse and recidivism through a system of integrated transitional services coupled with rigorous drug testing and sanctions. The one-year program (twelve months) consists of two phases. Phase I (up to the first thirty to forty-five days of parole) requires the immediate reporting of eligible parolees to New Paths Residential Programs Center in Flint, Michigan upon release from prison. Parolees during Phase I receive individual, group, and family group treatment; life skills training; employment readiness courses and referrals; substance abuse counseling; and drug testing. After successful completion of Phase I, parolees graduate to Phase II and transition to an approved home placement and continue to receive case management; individual and group treatment; substance abuse counseling; and drug testing. The goal of the program is to enhance or create protective linkages for parolees within the first thirty days of their release from prison and reverse or reduce known risk factors associated with substance abuse relapse and criminal behavior in order to improve parolee integration back into the community for the remainder of their first year on parole.

The following poster presentation will provide a descriptive overview of GPREP and highlight the collaborative efforts made by GPREP stakeholders - the Michigan Department of Corrections, New Paths, Community Recovery Services, and Michigan State University/Justice Research Associates - during the first year of program implementation.

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Updated 05/20/2006