In , the Indiana Department of Correction and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles BMV partnered in assisting offenders in obtaining a state identification prior to release. BMV mobile units visit several facilities across the state to provide offenders with a state identification card. The Agency also works with the Social Security Administration to ensure that each offender has a valid social security number and card upon release.
Historically, short term offenders have not qualified for the same programming opportunities as long term offenders. The STOP program is designed to assist the short term offender in receiving an appropriate level of services while incarcerated, facilitating a positive lifestyle change.
Short term offenders are defined as those with a sentence length of less than 12 months. The goal of the STOP program is to prepare short term offenders to optimally function in their respective communities after release. Case management is tailored, program services are abbreviated, and a community resource connection has been developed to accommodate the needs of the STOP offender. A broad spectrum of program offerings has proven to be fundamental to the success of the STOP unit.
The following programs have been made available: SPOP is presented in a group setting. Every effort is made to retain the offender in the program until completion. This program is available in all IDOC facilities, except for work release centers. Offender workers who enroll in a registered apprenticeship receive a variety of related classroom training in addition to on the job requirements. Computer skills, forklift certification, workplace safety and basic first aid are required of all participants.
Those who complete the requirements leave prison with valuable certification from the Department of Labor, which they can take to a job interview. Back to top Juvenile Programs The Division of Youth Services programs are specifically designed to prepare youth to be productive and law abiding citizens upon release.
A Growth Plan is developed that includes programs that the youth should be offered while in DYS to work to achieve a successful transition back into their community.
This program is designed to provide services to youth who have experienced significant negative life experiences as a result of substance abuse or residing with family members who use substance abuse.
The focus of all treatment services is to provide youth with the tools necessary to change their thinking and behavior resulting in opportunities to develop and maintain a clean and sober lifestyle.
This program is a Coping skills technique program, along with motivational interviewing, drug education and a relapse prevention. Cage Your Rage Juvenile Offenders: This program is designed to help youth understand and deal with anger by recording their feelings and actions. It will teach youth ways to not only recognize their anger but also control it through making appropriate choices. This program focuses on gang intervention and personal growth. DYS has implemented Restorative Justice Projects at each facility to assist with youth accountability and community safety.
Another component of Restorative Justice that has been implemented at each facility is Restorative Justice Conferencing with victims, family members and others. A Restorative Justice Conference brings victims, offender, and their respective families and supporters together with a trained facilitator to discuss the offense and its effects.
The focus of a conference is the offense itself and repairing the harm that has been done. The conference addresses the needs of victims and allows their voices to be heard while helping to bring closure to the incident. Thinking For A Change: The youth learn and appreciate that cognitive restructuring does require some cognitive skill method. Cognitive skills require an objective, systematic approach to identifying thinking, beliefs, attitudes and values.
Thinking Reports are a core part of this program that are used as homework assignments. The focus is on issues that are important in the lives of adolescent females from modules about self and connection with others to exploring health living and the journey ahead.
These metaphors teach and help students explore new social skills and coping skills techniques to break old behavior patterns and to achieve opportunity, freedom, and self respect in their lives. Youths complete assignments that involve writing, art, music, and physical activities to practice their skills. Youths then learn how to apply the skills to their criminogenic needs, their high risk factors, and their life upon release. This is the final metaphor in the Why Try program. Youths are enrolled in this once they complete the Why Try core program.
This metaphor summarizes the rest of the program and assists youths in pulling together what they have learned. Community Re-entry and Occupational programs Employability Skills: This program prepares youth for process of obtaining employment. The program will discuss goal setting, financial planning, employment resources, job conduct, interviewing, applications, resume development and professional appearance. The youth selected for this program will have volunteered for the program, submitted an application, have reached the age of sixteen and completed a formal interview process.
Participation in this program in no way assures acceptance into the military, however, the facility will assist in the process.
An Aramark Food Service Program offers youth the opportunity to learn food handling and preparation skills. Working in a correctional industries environment is part of that process. The Workplace Environment Juvenile Offenders: PEN offers the opportunity for offenders to experience a real world work environment during their period of incarceration. PEN has a number of traditional industries such as metal working, garments, mattress, chemicals, and printing. Additionally, PEN has a number of partnerships with private industry: While learning specific job skills is important, it is only a portion of what the correctional industries experience offers.
Beginning with an application process that mirrors that found in the business world, the offenders go through a structured interview process and, if hired, a new worker orientation before they begin working.
More than just job skills are taught. All are a part of the PEN work experience. In contrast, Indiana has created an incentive system that awards credit time to offenders who complete a prescriptive educational program.
This approach has demonstrated tremendous value in promoting public safety by reducing the likelihood offenders will recidivate. Basic literacy provides instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to prepare adult offenders for transitioning into the labor market, higher academic programs, or vocational training.
The GED programs are promoted heavily. In a survey, Indiana Employers ranked the GED certificate as the number one indicator for basic work readiness. Offenders are allowed to apply for the State Student Assistance Commission grant awards to help defray the costs of enrollment. The basis for the partnership is that the Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest workforce training provider, awarding nearly 20, certifications and one million hours of training annually.
Equally important is that Ivy Tech is an educational service provider throughout the State. The scope of those programs allows the integration of the correctional education programs with the public system for a continuation of education upon release. Speaking, writing, reading and listening, as well as quantitative reasoning, are cognitive skills.
Substance Abuse treatment, anger management, and recognizing and changing criminal thinking are critical interventions for those segments of the correctional population needing them, and they succeed best when built on a sound mental and educational foundation.
As such, qualified personnel are utilized to provide the instruction. Youth are assessed at the time of their enrollment in DYS schools, and their educational program is planned based on individual need.
This delivery model has proven to be successful, and was recognized by the American Correctional Association in a recent facility accreditation visit. Research indicates that children of an incarcerated parent or parents are more likely to become incarcerated.
Healthy relationships between offenders and their spouses or significant others are important as well. Programs are offered regarding healthy relationships, healthy marriages, and recovering from domestic violence. Marriage skills education seminars are offered twice a year. The seminar is a two day workshop held at the facility. Read to Me Program: Age appropriate books are read by the offender and recorded. The recorded material is sent to the child so that the child can hear the parent read the book to him or her.
Parenting Program female offenders: A parenting program is offered that helps to strengthen the relationship between the child and the incarcerated mother. The Domestic Violence Program offers alternatives and other strategies to break away from the abusive cycle to women who are or have been in an abusive situation, whether it is verbal, physical or mental abuse.
Wee Ones Nursery Program: The Wee Ones Nursery Program is offered at one of the female facilities. Mothers and their babies have private rooms in one of the housing units. A small contingent of qualified nannies from the offender population also reside in the unit.
Family Spiritual Religious Service: In order to enhance both community ties and the belief system of offenders, deserving offenders at some facilities are allowed to invite family members or friends to participate in a religious service program.