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The NDCS Reentry Initiative involves a systemic approach for individuals to return to their communities. Reentry is not a “program”, it is an intentional mind-set; it is a method of facilitating the incarcerated and/or supervised individual’s return to his/her community as a productive and law abiding citizen.

Successful reentry:

 Provides increased public safety by reducing the number of victims

o This is achieved by reducing the likelihood of continued criminal behavior, essentially lowering the recidivism rate

 Provides a plan for assessing and addressing risks and needs

o This plan involves a reentry-focused case management system from first contact to release and community reintegration

 Provides for a smooth transition of an individual from incarceration or court-ordered supervision into his/her community

o Facilitation of this transition includes a focus on discharge planning, family reunification, life skills and meaningful work

 Provides opportunities for career development and placement as a means of supporting oneself and one’s family

o These opportunities are enhanced through targeted vocational and life skills training programs



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