The Marion County Reentry Court has been designed to target offenders reentering the community from a period of incarceration who are in need of structured treatment, supervision and personal accountability. The Reentry Court docket is also intended to prevent future recidivism and possible local or state incarceration. It is important to note that one’s legal and clinical eligibility does not create a right to participate.
CLINICAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
There are no specific clinical or diagnostic criteria required for participation in the Reentry Court. Each individual is evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the Reentry Court is the most appropriate fit for the underlying needs of the individual and the community.
Potential participant will be referred for formal clinical assessments as needed. The clinical assessment will help determine treatment needs. The ORAS risk assessment assists in identifying individual challenges, needs and beliefs to ensure that all subsequent interventions and interactions are gender responsive and culturally appropriate.
The Standards and Recommended practices that apply to the clinical assessment are:
• The Judge shall have discretion to decide the admission into a specialized docket in accordance with the written criteria;
• All programming assessments shall include available collateral information to ensure accuracy of the assessment;
• The potential participant is required to sign a release of information form to provide confidential communication about participation and progress in treatment and compliance with program requirements; and
• The potential participant receives a clinical assessment from a professional who possesses the appropriate licenses and credentials to provide the specialized docket treatment services immediately upon referral.
LEGAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
An individual must meet the following criteria in order to be referred to the Reentry Court Program:
• Criminal case is assigned to Judge Slagle.
• Offender demonstrates an interest in and willingness to participate in the program.
• The offender must have been confined in prison or a CBCF for at least four months immediately prior to entering the program.
• The offender will reside in Marion County.
• The offender will be supervised by the Marion County Adult Probation Department on community control sanctions in the intensive supervision program following release from incarceration.
• The offender could benefit from the treatment and case management offered by the program and has a significant likelihood of not being successful without more intensive services.
• The offender generally scores high risk to reoffend on ORAS, has high reentry needs, or has demonstrated a pattern of returning to criminal activity following release from incarceration.
• Exceptions to the eligibility criteria will be considered on a case by case basis by Judge Slagle.
Note: High reentry needs may include recent substance abuse history, mental health treatment needs, minimal family support, lack of employment history, minimal education, lack of housing, long period of incarceration, or other factors which will make it more challenging for an offender to be successful following release from incarceration.
The expected capacity of the Reentry Court Program is 20 to 30 active participants.
Results and Benefits
Participation in the Reentry Court brings its own benefits such as focus on employability, financial stability, pro-social interaction, improved health, better coping skills and a decreased risk of involvement in criminal activity. This program provides an opportunity for early intervention and a support to prevent recidivism and potential return to incarceration.