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A Multifaceted Approach From Intake to Discharge Steve Gibson , Karen Duncan . Corrections Today . Lanham: Feb 2008 . Vol. 70, Iss. 1; pg. 58, 2 pgs Abstract (Summary) Youth correctional facilities provide access to counseling, mentoring, academic education, life skills preparation, chemical dependency treatment, sex offender treatment, community service and restitution payments to victims, health services, and faith-based opportunities. Parole officer monthly reports consistently indicate that felony recidivism for the reentry target populations - youths chosen at entry to a Montana youth correctional facility to receive reentry services - has been 5.8 percent, compared with the overall (including the reentry target population and nontarget population) average felony recidivism of 6.65 percent. » Jump to indexing (document details) Full Text (1520 words) Copyright American Correctional Association, Incorporated Feb 2008 Youth reentry is a process that the Montana Department of Corrections' Youth Services Division (YSD) believes must include three basic elements to be successful for youths. Those elements are 1) the development of a positive personal connection with the community; 2) the facilitation of appropriate housing opportunities; and 3) assistance with employment connections and the attainment of employability skills. The process begins when youths are committed for placement in a correctional facility and continues through confinement, community parole supervision and discharge planning. Implementing Reentry Programs In April 2003, YSD obtained the initial $2 million Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) grant, which provided funding to develop, implement, enhance and evaluate reentry strategies. Funding for the grant, which was available for three years, was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and the National Institute of Corrections and their federal partners. In 2004, the division also obtained a supplemental grant, of $445,000 to improve reentry services. Funding from the grant sources ended in 2006. The division was able to continue these important programs when the Montana Legislature, in the latest legislative session, provided restricted state general funding to continue reentry services for youths. Although the division was not chosen for follow-up evaluation by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the state's combined efforts for youth reentry have been successful. Montana is the fourth largest state in the nation with a land area of more than 147,000 square miles. Its area could accommodate Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia and still have room for the District of Columbia. Conversely, the 2006 estimate for Montana's population was only 944,632. It is estimated that there are only 6.4 people per square mile, making Montana the third least densely populated state. The distances, paired with sparse populations in rural areas, require different approaches to corrections. Although similar problems
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