Why is this measure important?
Inmate /residents at the PRRS are remanded to the Department of
Correction and Rehabilitation by the courts. The mandated duty of the
Department is to ensure that the community is safe from the inmates and
an escape may put the community at risk. For that reason all
inmate/residents must be accounted for at all times.
Factors contributing to current performance
- The Pre Release Center is a minimum security residential
treatment and reentry facility that provides structured reentry
programming to facilitate an individual's movement from incarceration
back to the community with a strong emphasis on employment, substance
abuse treatment and family reintegration. Absconding from custodial care
often occurs when an individual does not return to the facility at a
pre-approved time from employment, treatment or some other approved
community activity. In most instances the individuals return to the
facility on their own and those that do not are returned by law
enforcement authorities. The resident population is composed of
individuals that have been court authorized to live in a community based
residential setting while preparing for release and return.
works closely with the both the Drug Court and Mental Health Court to
serve as a housing facility for those participating in both courts. The
acuity of this population can lead to additional absconders due to
Factors restricting performance improvement
- The Pre Release facility is a minimum security facility where the
population is encouraged to go to work daily at local businesses and
engage the community in a productive manner. The facility is designed as
a residential community facility with no locked exits or fences.
deploys a significant substance abuse testing program but relapse does
occur. While working in the community, illegal substances are
encountered. Negative choices result in intoxication and fear of program
removal, thus absconding from custody occurs. This is the primary
reason for absconding from the program.
Performance improvement plan
- PRRS continually works to enhance its screening process to closely monitor all potential participants' psychological and stability factors to further prevent the potential for program failures. Detailed examination into future PRRS Program participants past criminal history is closely vetted prior to Program acceptance. PRRS' long standing practice is not allowing any potential participants to come to the Pre-Release Center if they were previously convicted of escape.
- Continue to refine screening criteria and evaluations to better generate quality referrals and transfers to the program while recognizing that every participant is a convicted criminal.
- Strict attention and adherence to drug and alcohol testing, work site evaluations, family communications and collaborations, facility guidelines and rules to limit escapes is critical.