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Reentry & Cognitive Programming

Reentry and Cognitive Programming (RCP) is a unit within the Georgia Department of Corrections that works to both reduce recidivism through collaborative partnership that support offender placement into evidence-based interventions and continue through offender transition (reentry) to the community.  This is done by providing offenders access to research-based programs that are evidence based.  Additionally, this unit establishes effective reentry methods that permeate all levels of affected agencies and organizations to reduce recidivism.  RCP is a process of transition that should begin when the offender enters our system or at pre-sentence. RCP provides effective opportunities for offenders to achieve positive change and to be a more pro-social contributor to society.

Mission:

The Georgia Department of Corrections protects the public by operating safe and secure facilities through the development of professional staff and effective offender management.

Goals:

  • Provide constitutionally mandated or legally required programs
  • Implement evidence-based programs that target crime-producing behavior
  • Focus on changing criminal thinking and reducing criminal behavior
  • Build individual capacity of the offender to be a productive member of his/her family and community
  • Link offenders to program services necessary for successful transition and reentry into the community
  • Increase the community and correctional capacity to address the offender’s needs and identify community resources to match assessed needs
  • Promote public safety through collaborative state agency and community partnerships that support offender transition to the community thereby reducing recidivism among the formerly incarcerated population

How are offenders identified and selected for risk reduction interventions?

An assessment process identifies an offender's risks and needs

What are the primary targets of effective offender interventions?

  • Criminal thinking
  • Substance abuse
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Employment

What is the fiscal benefit of implementing interventions that target crime-producing behavior?

Reduction in recidivism results in a savings to the taxpayers of potentially millions of dollars.

Who are our partners?

  • Federal agencies
  • State and county agencies
  • Non-profit and community-based organization

Reentry and Cognitive Programming initiatives:

  • Metro Reentry Facility
  • Department of Driver Services Partnership
  • Vital Records Partnership
  • Reentry Partnership Housing Program
  • Veterans Administration
  • In-House Transitional Centers (Hall, Floyd, Coweta & Jackson counties)
  • Atlanta DOC TC/Atlanta Watershed Partnership
  • Social Security benefit application program
  • Fatherhood Program
  • Community Coalitions
  • US Attorney’s Office, Northern District – Project Safe Neighborhoods
  • State Road and Toll Authority

Contact:

Tom McElhenney, Director Reentry Services

Tom.McElhenney@gdc.ga.gov

Reentry Documents:


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