This program is unique in that it encourages individual participants to address major life issues from the perspective of their own religious tradition or personal value system. Individual participants are encouraged to use the name of "God" from their own religious tradition be it Lord, Allah, Great Spirit, Buddha, Creator of another name that the participant refers to the one he/she reveres and/or worships.
The objective of Threshold Program is to help each participant understand that he/she in created is such a fashion as to be able to make positive changes in their lives. Each step of the journey participants are encouraged and challenged to seek changes in their lives in positive ways.
Throughout this program, participants will have the opportunity to interact with people of many faiths as well as those who are still seeking a spiritual path. Respect for individuals traditions and the freedom to openly express one's faith is woven into the fabric of the Threshold Program.
During the program, participants are asked to evaluate their foundational understanding of life in at least three of nine areas. Managing mental and emotional health; daily living; decision-making; wellness; positive use of leisure time; personal relationships; continued educational growth; accepting personal responsibility; and spirituality/spiritual growth. Each of these areas of life are examined from an individual perspective.
The Threshold Program takes about 26 weeks to complete and is augmented by other resources to allow the individual participant to develop his/her own plan to achieve their goals. In the CoreCivic model, The Threshold Program will be operated as a residential program where offenders who have volunteered to participate will share a housing unit so as to promote an atmosphere of peer accountability and sharing - each encouraging the other along the journey.
Vocational Training (VT) Fundamentals
VT Fundamentals course encompasses basic core vocation/technical content area. The components of the course include: NCCER Core Curriculum, NCCER Your Role in the Green Environment, OSHA 10 hour Construction and OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification. Students will also work through the curriculum to obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
To most effective reentry programs positively shape inmate behavior by giving them the tools they need to make better choices, and thus become better citizens once they are released.
To this end, CoreCivic's proprietary Reentry program, Go Further, will be implemented at Lee Adjustment Center. The Go Further process highlights three core components necessary for positive reentry outcomes: Culture, Curriculum, and Community Engagement. In other words, we believe that positive reentry outcomes are driven by more than a single class that occurs 6 months before we release. Rather, we believe that the reentry preparation process begins on the offender's arrival at the facility and continues throughout incarceration.
Culture: We believe in the idea that people can change. To do so, we work with our staff across all disciplines to help them understand that everyone has a role in assisting an offender in preparing for return to the community. An example would be a job supervisor taking the time to teach and train an offender in preparing for return to the community. An example would be a job supervisor taking the time to teach and train an offender technical skills as well as soft skills such as communicating appropriately with a peer or a supervisor. Another would be a correctional officer holding an offender appropriately accountable to community standards as identified in the facility handbook. Perhaps, as a third example, an Assistant Warden would facilitate to Go Further curricula (described below) as a way of setting an example for all staff that all staff should be engaged in the reentry preparation process.
Curricula: As part of the Go Further process, we recognize that a curriculum that addresses reentry needs (such as housing, employment, transportation, family reunification, and goal-setting) is essential. However, we've opted to make investments in proprietary curricula that introduces all offenders to personal change concepts. This interactive-journaling, and evidence-based approach to reentry preparation is designed to address the decision making process that led to incarceration.
The first journal is named "On Ramp" and introduces the participant to the idea that change is possible and essential to a good reentry outcome. A second journal, "Highway", starts the process of engaging the participant in an understanding that thoughts and perceptions drive poor decisions. The Highway journal also provides the participant insight into techniques to address faulty perceptions and to remain goal-focused. The "Off Ramp" journal is where to aforementioned reentry needs are addressed and planned.
A final piece of the Go Further process is a Transition Plan where offenders are prompted to identify, in collaboration with staff resources, specific outcomes such as a housing location, continuity of care for medical/mental health needs, employment options, and family reunification.
Community Engagement: CoreCivic advocates and aligns to the NIC's Transition from Prison/Jail to Community model. To this end, we endeavor to work with community non-profits, government partners, employers, and other vested stakeholders, to identify resources that can be of assistance to transition offenders.
A fourth journal, "Destination:, is available for use in the event that some, or all, of this population will transition to the community under some form of supervision. The destination journal focuses on development of SMART goals specific to Decision Making, Wellness, Leisure Time, Educational Growth, and Personal Relationships. Participants develop goals to accomplish during incarceration as well as goals that will be accomplished on return to the community.
Treatment & Behavioral
A Six month Substance Abuse Program/Modified Therapeutic Community (TC).
A TC is a structured therapeutic social learning environment that is based on the community as the "teacher" and is peer driven. The TC is based on structure, rules, privileges, learning experiences, a common philosophy, and a common belief system. The Curriculum, called " A New Direction" is an evidence based program from the Hazeldon Company. There are six journals that include: Intake and Orientation, Criminal and Addictive Thinking, Drug and Alcohol Education, Socialization, Relapse Prevention, and Release and Reintegration.
This evidence-based program:
Delivers targeted treatment that helps offenders recognize and overcome criminal and addictive thinking patterns through a cognitive-behavioral approach, helping them to see how their attitudes and assumptions fuel destructive behaviors.
Meets individuals where they are and features real people in the same situation telling their own story, in their own words.
Provides a framework that promotes standardized treatment from facility to facility and the modular structure allows for easy customization to meet individual, facility, and budget needs. Can be wholly implemented as a new program or as parts to enhance your existing program. Features built-in tools for measuring outcomes.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral, step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image; promote growth of a positive, productive identity; and facilitate the development of higher states of moral reasoning. The program takes approximately six months to complete, however there is no set time frame to complete the program, as the offender must complete each of the twelve steps before moving on to the next. Some of the early steps are done in a group setting, with the group deciding if the offender has successfully completed each step.
InsideOut Dads is a program intended to provide and make available tools that could help empower dads to become more engaged in their children's lives. It helps the fathers, who upon eventual release, may want to continue their growth as dads.