District of Columbia Reentry Programs

District of Columbia Reentry Programs




District of Columbia Department of Corrections: Department of corrections reentry program for the District of Columbia.

Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Washington: Our goal is to help prevent returning citizens from falling back to previous mistakes by helping them find and follow a path to a new career. We do this by creating a support network centered around volunteer mentors who work closely with returning citizens. Together, we help overcome big and small obstacle on route to finding a job, a safe place to live, and a community of support.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to the concept that trust and mutual respect between police and the communities they serve is critical to public safety. This concept is the foundation of community policing and ensures that police and community stakeholders partner in solving our nation’s crime challenges. Community policing is a law enforcement philosophy that focuses on community partnerships, problem-solving and organizational transformation. The COPS Office mission is to advance public safety through community policing.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia: The TIPS Program ensures that offenders transitioning directly to the community or through a halfway house receive assessment, counseling, and appropriate referrals for treatment and/or services. The TIPS Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) work with each offender to develop a transition plan while the offender resides in a halfway house under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

D.C. Central Kitchen: Why does DC Central Kitchen care about the prison population? Because 60,000 District residents have criminal records and economic hardship among ex-offenders is a primary driver of recidivism (re-offending and returning to jail). While 8,000 men and women return to the city each year from prison, half of these returning citizens will be back behind bars within three years. After these individuals have paid their debts to society, they struggle to find work; barely 50% of DC’s parolee population is employed.

MBI Returning Citizens Division:  The Returning Citizens Division is designed to be a one-Stop Solution for those released from incarceration wanting to be fully and successfully reintegrated into society. The RC Program provides services such as: Pre and Post release services.Services with the Returning Citizens Division help you start transitioning prior to your release date from incarceration with a comprehensive plan that tackles employment, housing, your mental and physical health, family support, as well as help you gather community resources beneficial to your new style of living.

National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement: The Welcome Home Re-Entry Program is a mentoring program for people being released from prison into Montgomery, Prince Georges and DC County. The program serves people of all faith and of no faith. Volunteer mentors are recruited from religious and civic organizations and are asked to commit for at least a year. Though it primarily serves men, there is a female component. Representatives from the Welcome Home Program make initial contact within the prison prerelease center where an orientation is given about the program. This is possible through a partnership between the organization and the department of correction. The mentoring relationship begins while the woman is either in a halfway house or in a work release program.

The Public Defender Service: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent legal organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. The organization was created by a federal statute enacted to comply with a constitutional mandate to provide defense counsel to poor people in criminal and juvenile proceedings. In the District of Columbia, PDS is authorized to provide representation for up to sixty percent of people who are annually determined to be financially unable to obtain adequate representation. Those not represented by PDS are represented by private attorneys compensated by the Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens: Our mission is to connect previously incarcerated individuals to jobs, housing, training, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and recovery programs upon their return to the community.

Voices for a Second Chance: Voices for a Second Chance provides services to women and men incarcerated in the District of Columbia Jails as well as to returning citizens who have served their sentences and are transitioning back into the community from federal penitentiaries.   VSCserves DC resident inmates and returning citizens from all eight Wards of the city. The greatest impact is felt in Wards 4 through 8 (ranging from 9.4% of inmate population to 27.1%.) More than half of DC’s inmates are from neighborhoods located east of the Anacostia River. Unemployment and poverty rates in the city follow similar trajectories.

Women in New Directions (WIND): The (WIND) Re-entry Program is designed to assist women who have been recently incarcerated and/or released from jail or prison, back on the road to becoming successful. It consists of five components:Case Management, Basic Needs Assistance (meals, toiletries, clothing, etc), Life Skills Education, Sobriety Maintenance Assistance and Support, Employment Assistance and Program Benefits.  Women participating in the WIND program receive the following benefits: Transportation Assistance, Small Stipend, The Opportunity To Complete Customer Service Training And Certification.

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