Three publications from the TJC initiative were released in October 2012. Process and Systems Change Evaluation Findings from the Transition from Jail to Community Initiative describes the implementation of the TJC model across the six TJC Phase I learning sites and presents findings from the cross-site systems change evaluation. This report summarizes key activities, site accomplishments and challenges, and lessons learned about TJC model implementation. The report is complemented by two practice briefs. The Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry presents the TJC model's two-stage screening and assessment process to determine risk and need levels. It includes lessons learned from the implementation experiences of the Phase I learning sites that may assist other jurisdictions in applying screening and assessment to their jail populations. Case Management Strategies for Successful Jail Reentry presents the TJC initiative's approach to case planning and community handoff. This brief discusses the role of case planning in the TJC model, the importance of continuity of care between the jail and community, and the different components necessary for successful case planning
NIC and UI are pleased to announce the selection of six jurisdictions as TJC Phase II learning sites: Ada County, Idaho; Franklin County, Massachusetts; Fresno County, California; Hennepin County, Minnesota; Howard County, Maryland; and Jacksonville, Florida. The six applicant jurisdictions were chosen through a competitive process from a very strong applicant pool. Phase II TJC sites will receive technical assistance in implementing the TJC model for a two and a half year period, starting in August 2012. We look forward to working with and learning from these new jurisdictions in the months to come.
The National Institute of Corrections and the TJC team presented a webinar on the TJC model as a part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Offender Reentry in Indian Country & Native Communities series. Presenters discussed the implications of the model for both tribes that operate jail facilities and those seeking to improve reentry for tribal members in jail facilities operated outside of tribal jurisdiction. Jail reentry resources to assist tribal communities in both types of work were also presented. Nearly forty percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives incarcerated on any given day are in jails, whether operated by tribes or other local jurisdictions. This makes attention to the unique challenges and opportunities of jail-based reentry work a key component of a tribal reentry strategy.
A PDF of the presentation can be found here.
Audio from the presentation can be found here.
• Jim Barbee (Moderator), Correctional Program Specialist, NIC Jails Division
• Jesse Jannetta, Transition from Jail to Community Initiative Project Director, Urban Institute
• Kevin Warwick, President, Alternative Solutions Associates
• Janeen Buck Willison, Transition from Jail to Community Initiative Evaluation Director, Urban Institute
The National Institute of Corrections and the Urban Institute announce the release of the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) Implementation Toolkit. This web-based learning resource is designed to guide jurisdictions through implementation of the TJC model, in whole or in part. The Toolkit serves as a hands-on resource for users interested in jail reentry, whether in a criminal justice or community-based organization. Users can navigate the nine modules at their own pace. Toolkit modules incorporate examples from jurisdictions across the country, tools developed to facilitate implementation in the six current TJC learning sites, resource suggestions, and detailed content. The Toolkit can be accessed at www.jailtransition.com/Toolkit.
Four new counties have joined Douglas County, Kansas, and Denver, Colorado as TJC sites following a competitive application process. Criminal justice and community organizations have partnered in Orange County, California; Kent County, Michigan; Davidson County, Tennessee; and La Crosse County, Wisconsin, to participate in the TJC Initiative. The National Institute of Corrections and the Urban Institute welcomed all six sites to a kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C., in September.
TJC Co-Director Amy Solomon testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, at a hearing entitled "The First Line of Defense: Reducing Recidivism at the Local Level." A full version of the testimony is available here.