Justice: Release, Reentry, and Reintegration
The NCCDD established goals and objectives to reduce the recidivism rate in its Five-Year Plan (2017-2021). These goals represent the most pressing needs as identified by stakeholders in North Carolina. Alliance of Disability Advocates has been given the opportunity to address Goal 3: “Increase advocacy for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.”
For more information, please see North Carolina’s Reentry Action Plan, 2018
Our role with the NCCDD, NCDPS, and other partners will demonstrate a significant reduction in the recidivism rate among incarcerated individuals with I/DD (II I/DD) who choose to participate. Alliance of Disability Advocates will use strategies developed in its successful federal prison model based on 1:1 peer support. Evidence supports our strategies and includes testimonials, letters of endorsement from Federal Correctional Complex at Butner, and first-hand experiences of the former prisoners who received services and the staff who supported them.
Purpose and Goals
ADANC will work to improve transition outcomes after incarceration for
individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD). The goal is to reduce the recidivism such that at least 80% of participants live in the community successfully for 7 years. Transitioning into and living in the community with the supports and services necessary to thrive is a component of this initiative.
80% will secure a job interview, complete a travel training program, express satisfaction with peer support services.
Identify personal goals 12-18 months prior to release and;
Develop a plan to start acquiring the skills to meet those goals.
This initiative focuses on recidivism reduction (re-arrests, reconviction, or reincarceration) by expanding successful practices for reintegration into the community from incarceration for individuals with I/DD.
Individual Reentry Plan
Our peer support program allows anxieties about reentry to be expressed. We sit with them, listen to their story, ask about their goals of:
Education after their release.
Our Community Inclusion Specialists (CIS) will establish a relationship with them and create an Individualized Reentry Plan that actively involves each consumer in the development of their goals for their life on the outside. ADA has firsthand knowledge and experience of what is required/needed for reentry as well as a peer support system that understands the struggles, apprehension, fear, and uncertainty of the reentry process.
Sharif Brown has over 20 years of personal experience because of a brother who has been in & out of prison, highlighting the need for effective reentry programs. He has assisted over 150 individuals at Butner, providing intensive reentry services for individuals released to the Triangle over the last 3 years. Sharif will be the project coordinator supervising the two staff; He will also carry a caseload and be responsible for program reporting and working with the Reentry Collaborative.
Adrian Boone is a certified Peer Support Specialist with lived experience in the criminal justice system; he identifies with the need for person-centered reentry service. He has 2 yrs experience working at ADANC, serving those with disabilities and reentry populations.
Adrian Boone was the first consumer of our Reentry program. This is his experience.