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ADVOCATING FOR POLICY REFORM AND JUSTICE REINVESTMENT


TARGETING THE REFORM OF LAWS THAT IMPRISON THE ADDICTED AND METALLY ILL.


Laws in the U.S. are increasingly designed to exclude offenders from society, with residency restrictions, monitoring programs, community notification programs, and civil commitments that effectively keep people locked up forever, even after they’ve served their term in prison.


Public approaches to decarceration are backed by evidence, yet governments are ignoring it in favor of laws that, by and large, aren’t supported by any evidence at all, anecdotal or empirical.


We support the reform of legal roadblocks that keep ex-offenders out of the mainstream of society by advocating for the enactment and/or reform of legislation that protects public safety by making sure that people with past criminal records are able to re-integrate successfully. For example:


~ Civil rights violations in parole supervision

~ Civil rights violations in jail-hold of offenders.

~ Barring offenders from employment

~ Barring offenders from HUD housing

~ Barring offenders from Food Stamps


And in general, the development of a continuum of services, and the subsequent removal of counterproductive roadblocks that keep these citizens out of the mainstream of society.


This is both a restorative social reintegration and crime prevention measure.

RETURNING CITIZEN REENTRY PROGRAMS


A COMMUNITY-BASED, PRO-SOCIAL, WRAP-AROUND MODEL USING MENTORS.


Our reentry model offers a values-driven approach to the transition of returning citizens from prison to home. Beginning with a cognitive-behavioral approach to mentoring and a state-supported work readiness program, the model relies on a partnership at the agency level.


The model combines 1) an inside – outside, "Community of Care" approach to mentoring for  developing support and accountability, with 2) a workforce services employment support program that includes job readiness, career tracking, navigating the system active job search.


In a Community of Care, a "New Direction" mentor helps the offender forge strong relationships with both informal, or “natural” supports, and professionals, entrepreneurs and civic leaders.


A customized data-tracking systems allows providers to track effectiveness and recidivism of both the model and its participants


This is both a restorative social reintegration and crime prevention measure.

PROSOCIAL MENTORING & HABILITATION


ALL PRISONS ARE NOT BRICK AND MORTAR; MOST ARE IN OUR MINDS.


Clearly, the literature reveals that actions follow belief; that what one speaks comes from thoughts driven by belief; and that what one declares to be may not coincide with one’s belief, revealed by one’s actions. Ergo, our approach to habilitating (to make capable for functioning in society) one’s thinking errors, attitudes, behaviors, actions, and consequences, begins with attention to one’s belief system.


In the New Direction 4 Life approach, Belief System is defined as a set of beliefs, especially religious, social or political, that form a unified system; a collection and organization of beliefs prevalent in a community or society. 


The approach incorporates the application of intuitive questioning: the art of asking structured questions to open one’s mind to what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; an instinctive response.


Our pro-social method is a precept-driven approach to establishing a new normal for troubled adults and a successful normal for the aspiring life of teens.


This is both a restorative social reintegration and crime prevention measure.


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