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From Cell to Street Facility Re-Entry Services. Objectives. Transition From Prison to Community (TPC) Overview of Pre-Release Programming offered at all facilities Identification Acquisition Optional Programming Opportunities Special Populations. Transitions and Reentry Services. Staffing

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  • Transition From Prison to Community (TPC)
    • Overview of Pre-Release Programming offered at all facilities
    • Identification Acquisition
    • Optional Programming Opportunities
    • Special Populations
transitions and reentry services
Transitions and Reentry Services
  • Staffing
    • Prisons with significant release numbers have an assigned transition program coordinator to facilitate reentry resources
    • Each of the nine adult prisons in Minnesota are staffed with a Transition Coordinator
    • Intake facility staffed with Child Support Liaison Worker
    • Central Office management team of four managers
mn correctional facilities

Jolene Peterson

Jeff Petersen


Sandy Hand


Harriette Manis

Bridget Letnes

Oak Park Heights

Lino Lakes

Joe McCoy

Rush City

Jason Skwira

Moose Lake

Heather Walczynski

Willow River

Craig Olsen

St. Cloud

Rebecca Fratzke

MN Correctional Facilities
professional collaboration
Professional Collaboration
  • Closing the Gap
    • Casework Involvement
    • Supervising Agent
    • Community Partnerships
  • Orientation, continuum of service
    • Mandatory programming
    • Provides information on programming available at the facility and how to get into such programming
    • Allows time for a plan to develop
    • Focus
    • “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
continuum of services
Continuum of services
  • St. Cloud recommendations
    • What did they recommend
    • What does it mean if I complete these recommendations?
    • What does it mean if I do not?
  • Case management expectations
    • What do they need and when?
  • Supervising Agents
    • What to expect?
transitions and reentry services1
Transitions and Reentry Services
  • Pre-Release Class
  • Mandatory
    • Challenges of a broad audience
    • Niche programming (SO, CD, RV, LSI-R)
    • Continuum of Service – Intake through Expiration
    • Schedules and programming vary from facility to facility based off of security/programming schedules
chapters covered
Chapters Covered
  • Identification
  • Life Skills
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Living Under Supervision
  • Family
  • Restorative Justice
  • Health
  • Money Management
  • Employment
sample schedule
Day 1



Birth Certificate

Social Security

DL Record Review

Driver’s License/ID

Day 2


Credit (NovaDebt)

Health Care Overview

Day 3

Tax Credit

Federal Bonding

Family Reunification

Child Support

Day 4

Release Planning

Casework Overview

Living Under Supervision

Agent Presentation

Optional Seminars

Sample Schedule
day 5 creative job search
Day 5: Creative Job Search
  • Job Search Preparation
  • Career Assessment
  • Skills Identification
  • Resume & Cover Letters
  • Applications
  • Networking
  • Internet Job Search
  • The Job Interview
  • Finishing Touches
  • Accept referrals/questions
  • Resource acquisition
  • Release Plan questions
  • Pre-Release involvement
  • Q&A
supervising agents
Supervising Agents
  • Living Under Supervision
  • Myth Busters
  • Collaboration with Stearns County and DOC Agents
  • Monthly sessions
  • Q&A
optional seminar opportunities
Optional Seminar Opportunities
  • Mandatory Pre-Release Class
  • Interest-Drive
  • Targeted Topics:
    • Housing, Financial Literacy, Family Reunification, Relapse Prevention, Child Support, College Preparation, Mock Interviews and Career Exploration
  • Offenders are HIGHLY encouraged to enroll in the seminars that apply to their individual needs
housing seminars
Housing Seminars
  • Housing Link
  • Salvation Army
financial literacy
Financial Literacy
  • The Village Financial Consulting
  • Novadebt (Roseville, MN)
  • Family Means
  • Wells Fargo
family reunification
Family Reunification
  • Bridge Builders for Kids
  • Amicus
  • Minding the Gap
relapse prevention
Relapse Prevention
  • Facility CD Treatment Staff
  • Mark Groves
  • Transition Program Coordinators
child support lori lofrano
Crucial liaison between DHS/DOC


Assist in modifying child support orders for incarcerated men at intake facility

Contact information for county child support workers

Quash warrants for non appearance

Try to lift driver’s license suspensions prior to release

Child Support—Lori Lofrano
college preparation
College Preparation
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Cloud Technical College

Financial Aid Services


mock interviews
Mock Interviews
  • Interview Preparation
    • Felony Question
  • Correction Teaching Assistants
  • Volunteers
  • Mock Interview Fairs
career exploration
Career Exploration
  • Career Scope
  • Career Exploration Class
  • Follow-through
    • Vocational Short-term Programs
    • College
identification barriers
Identification Barriers
  • Need:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Social Security
    • State ID/Driver’s License
  • Why don’t offenders have these items?
  • Impact?
Social Security Cards

Memo of Understanding

Facilities partner with local office

Difficulties with varying offices

Varying Aliases

Social Security Numbers

Birth Certificate

Various states/various processes


Name issues

Road to identification (DL/ID)

driver and vehicle services
Driver and Vehicle Services
  • Driver and Vehicle Services Record Reviews
    • Fines, Reinstatement Dates, Requirements
  • Driver and Vehicle Services MN State ID/Driver’s License MOU
    • Contract DVS to come into the facilities and complete applications for MN State Id’s and Driver’s Licenses
      • Class D Written Test
dl id issues
DL/ID Issues
  • Driver’s licenses suspended and revoked
    • Child support non-payment
    • Driving After Revocation, No Insurance, etc.
  • Hard to prove identity in some cases (lost documents, aliases, name changes)
  • Costs in both time and money to achieve ID docs
    • MN DL Renewal $24.00
    • State ID $18.00
transitions and reentry services special populations
Transitions and Reentry ServicesSPECIAL POPULATIONS
  • Short-Term Offenders
  • Female offenders
  • Release Violators
  • Segregation
special populations
Special Populations
  • Short-Term Offenders (STO’S)
    • July 1, 2009
    • <180 Days
    • Unique Population
      • Mandate
      • Triage
      • Demographics
      • Concerns
where are they
Where are they?
  • MCF-St. Cloud retains all offenders who have less than 120 days to their schedule release date (SRD)
  • If an offender has more than 120 days, he may be transferred to another facility
  • MCF-Shakopee retains all female STO’s
services received
Services Received
  • Under 14 Days to SRD
    • Triage
      • Identification
      • Health Care
      • Resources
      • Job Info
      • Resume
      • Optional Seminars
sto services received
STO Services Received
  • Typical Short-Term Offender Transitional Services
    • Adapted Pre-Release Class
      • Targeted needs
    • Seminars
    • Self-Paced Opportunities
    • Resources
    • Key to success: Collaboration
why gender matters
Why Gender Matters…
  • Because men and women are different. To treat men and women equally, we must treat them differently, while always following DOC policies and procedures!
  • MN State Statute 241.70
profiling the female offender based on july 2009 statistics
Profiling the Female Offenderbased on July, 2009 statistics
  • Average age 36-45 years old
  • Typically female offenders complete higher levels of education
  • Higher rates of mental health issues & dual diagnosis
  • Parenting prior to & while they are incarcerated
  • Greater medical needs
relevant gender issues
Relevant Gender Issues
  • Common issues that female offenders face
  • Trauma and Addiction
  • Relational Issues
common issues
Common Issues
  • Abuse
  • Poverty
  • Addiction
  • Dysfunctional Relationships
release violators
Release Violators
  • Release Violators
    • “Hints on Transitions – Attitude, Issues and Resources” (HOT AIR)
      • The program motto is – “It’s all Hot Air. What YOU do with it determines if your balloon flies”
      • Primarily based off of repeat offender issues—more individualized services
release violators1
Release Violators
  • Menu of services offered based off of needs…
    • Attitude
    • Issues
    • Resources
  • Collaboration: Parole Officers, Ex-Offenders, Community Resources
segregation services
Segregation Services
  • Large population getting released directly from segregation living units
    • MCF-St. Cloud Youthful Offenders
  • Individualized triage services
transition resource rooms
Transition Resource Rooms
  • All facilities have a Transitions Resource Room
  • Wide collection of resources
  • Computer Access
  • Tutor Assistance
computer programs available
Computer Programs Available:
  • Reentry resources home page
  • United Way 211
  • O-NET Work Importance and Interest Profiler
  • Career Scope
  • Financial/Credit Assistance
  • Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Offender Workforce Development Division
  • Win Way Resume Deluxe
    • Legal Aid Information
    • Child Support Information
mock interview fairs
Mock Interview Fairs
  • IMPORTANT Community Collaboration
  • Volunteer Interviewers
  • Optional
  • Class-Interview-Debrief
  • Facility-wide initiative
transition fairs
Transition Fairs
  • One of the BEST services we offer offenders nearing release
  • Community Organizations
  • Offenders one year from their Supervised Release Date are invited to attend
  • Collaboration/Education

Upcoming Fairs

  • April 26th, 2011: MCF-Shakopee
    • Contact: Sandy Hand
  • May 11th, 2011: MCF-St. Cloud
    • Contact: Rebecca Fratzke
  • June 9th, 2011: MCF-Faribault
    • Contact: Jolene Peterson
  • July 19th, 2011: MCF-Lino Lakes
    • Contact: Joe McCoy
  • November 2nd, 2011: MCF-Stillwater
    • Contact: Harriette Manis

Collaboration is the ultimate key to successful offender reentry