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Public Safety Final 12-15-11 -   1.3 - Participation in Prison Reentry Programs

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Public Safety Final 12-15-11
1. Prison Operations
2. Community Corrections
3. Emergency Readiness
4. Worker Safety
Action Plan

1.3 - Participation in Prison Reentry Programs
Are prison reentry program participation goals being met?

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Data Notes


Data Source:

Offender Management Network Information (OMNI) and Resource Program Management (RPM). 

Measure Definition:

The number of offenders in prison and work release who participated in the program in the reporting period. 

Target Rationale:

Targets are based on funding provided to DOC in the 2011-13 Budget.

Link to Agency Strategic Plan:

Increase successful reentry of offenders to communities


Evidence based reentry programs address personal deficits that directly relate to reducing the likelihood to reoffend, increasing successful community reentry and improving public safety as reported by Washington State Institute for Public Policy in January 2006, Evidence-Based Adult Corrections Programs: What Works and What Does Not. Programs defined as promising practice currently have limited but emerging research regarding the likelihood to reduce offender re-offense behavior.

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Extended Analysis:



 Summary Analysis

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·         The Special Session and Supplemental budgets may result in the agency having to re-evaluate programming priorities and targets for future reporting periods.

·         As a result of reduced funding, Getting it Right and Moral Reconation Therapy were not contracted for FY12. The emphasis for funding was directed to Stress and Anger Management.

·         The contract for the Job Hunter X class which was reported under the Work Force Readiness program was cut in January of 2011, thus the chart depicts a participation target of zero.

·         We anticipate seeing an increase in participation for Correctional Industries (CI) in FY12 due to CI’s management of offender stores, the operation of shops at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, the opening of the furniture factory at Stafford Creek Corrections Center and an increase in demand for food.          


Next Steps

In FY 2012, the plan is to revise this measure and other related re-entry measures from simply reporting program participation and offender needs as separate efforts into one interrelated measure.  The department will target re-entry programming and treatment based on the offender’s assessed needs combined with their risk level classification.  The intent is to measure the penetration of evidence-based programming to offenders with the highest needs and highest likelihood to reoffend.  This new approach will inform operations and program managers if the right offenders are receiving the right programs in alignment with the research on evidence-based re-entry programs conducted by the Washington Institute for Public Policy in January 2006.  It will also assist agency leaders and external stakeholders to identify program and treatment gaps as well as support re-entry investment decisions in the future, with the aim of reducing future crime and improving public safety.