The majority of offenders are “coming soon to a neighborhood near you” and as corrections professionals it is all of our jobs to assist in the reentry of offenders. We are working within the Department, with community partners, and state agencies to increase community safety and reduce recidivism rates. We would like to keep you apprised on progress in this important initiative and hope to receive your feedback and suggestions throughout this process.
DOC hired (7) reentry coordinators in the following prisons: (BCC/FCDC), (KCIW), (KSR 2 positions), (EKCC), (LSCC), and (WKCC). We also have four (4) Reentry Probation and Parole Officers in Jefferson County. The Reentry Probation and Parole officers have a specialized caseload of medium to high risk offenders for the first six (6) months of their release. They work intensively with this population to better increase their chances of success.
The Level of Services Case Management Inventory (LS-CMI) is an assessment tool used to measure risk of recidivating and is utilized to identify criminogenic needs. DOC chose this tool and trains all staff to administer this tool to offenders across the state, along with Case Management Plans (CMP).
DOC staff have been trained on Veterans Affairs benefits/resources, medical resources, mental health resources, substance abuse treatment, housing for sex offenders, parole processing, Parole Board assessments, processing of reentry paperwork, public advocacy resources, housing resources through Kentucky Housing Corporation, Adult Education resources, employment, social security benefits and disability, etc.
Please assist us in our mission to make Kentucky safer by reducing our recidivism rates. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
Pre-Release Community Resources
Family Engagement Sessions
Kentucky Labor Cabinet Apprenticeship Program
Open Meeting Notice
Governor’s Reentry Task Force
Each month, the Department of Corrections publishes The Tool Box in order to keep staff, community stakeholders, offenders, and their families informed about reentry efforts in Kentucky. Prior to March 2013, the Department published two separate documents — The Tool Kit, which focuses on staff and community stakeholders and Homeward Bound, which focuses on offenders and their families. Please send article suggestions to Kerry Mears.