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BPRRS Road To Housing

Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc.

BPRRS Road To Housing

A Guide from Corrections to Housing

An on-going writing document by Executive Director Steven Provost


Introduction

This guide is an on-going writing document as a way to help our clients to have written steps to take before the are released from a Correctional Facility.

Steven Note: (posted 3/16/2020)

It is my hope that this document will be of some use t0 guide or help people interested in becoming clients of a Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc. this document will take some time to write while editing the website, my hope that all my wisdom goes into this writing,  I ask you to please bear with me while I write this document and please send me any comments you may have on this page to my email address stevenprovost570@gmail.com

Thank you

steven provost

BPRRS Executive Director


Social Solutions Blog

4 Elements of Successful Reentry Programs for Inmates

John and Tom are both ex-offenders released from prison on the same day in separate parts of the country – two of the more than 1,800 offenders each day or nearly 700,000 each year. Both have access to reintegration programs, which help them through the transition by aiding with job training, housing, and access to community resources. John successfully finds a job with the help of his program. Three years later, he’s adjusted well and hasn’t returned to prison.

Tom, on the other hand, is much less successful. He leaves his transitional job and six months after his release, he returns to jail, a victim of the depressing statistics, which include a 50 percent recidivism rate for former offenders in the United States.

So what makes John and Tom’s stories so different? Let’s find out.

Until recently, there was a severely limited understanding as to why criminal rehabilitation programs varied widely in their outcomes. In other words, there was little interest in or understanding of why John succeeded and Tom did not.

However, with the advent of the Second Chance Act in 2007, which provides federal grants for programs and services that aim to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes, there has been an increasing interest in understanding what makes reentry programs successful. Furthermore, the high cost of incarceration, which is estimated around $31,000 per person per year, has inspired some states to look closely at why their programs have historically had such low success rates and how they can improve those numbers.

In our work with organizations like the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, we’ve identified four elements which can help state agencies and partner organizations utilize resources more effectively and focus on creating reentry programs for inmates with the best possible outcomes.

Read on to find out how you can ensure your prison population follows in John’s footsteps through successful, evidence-based release programs.

Things to do before court Release

  1. Communications by letters & phone calls while still inside the correctional center with our Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc.
  2. Compete a Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc. Intake form by mail while still inside the correctional center.
  3. By letting us know who your appointed attorney is and provide us with a court date you are given for court appearance.

For your court appearance 123A- Sec9 trial. (if Applicable)

  1. By letting your Attorney know you did an intake with Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc. you will be able to have us give you Court Room support & Release Testimony by our Staff during your court appearance. Your Court Attorney can have our staff testimony on how Boston Project Rebound Reentry Services, Inc. helps its clients (Peer Navigator, Aftercare Program, and our other services, we offer to our clients)

Law 123A Section 9: Review of matters of law; application for discharge; notice; hearing

Section 9. (a) Matters of law arising in commitment hearings, antipsychotic medication hearings or incompetency for trial proceedings in a district court may be reviewed by the appellate division of the district courts in the same manner as the civil cases generally.

(b) Any person may make written application to a justice of superior court at any time and in any county, stating that he believes or has reason to believe that a person named in such application is retained in a facility or the Bridgewater state hospital, who should no longer be so retained, or that a person named in such application is the subject of a medical treatment order issued by a district court or a division of the juvenile court department and should not be so treated, giving the names of all persons interested in his confinement or medical treatment and requesting his discharge or other relief. The justice within seven days thereof shall order notice of the time and place for hearing to be given to the superintendent or medical director and to such other persons as he considers proper; and such hearing shall be given promptly before a justice of the superior court in any county. The justice shall appoint an attorney to represent any applicant whom he finds to be indigent. The alleged mentally ill person may be brought before the justice at the hearing upon a writ of habeas corpus, upon a request approved by the justice. Pending the decision of the court such person may be retained in the custody of the superintendent or medical director. If the justice decides that the person is not mentally ill or that failure to retain the person in a facility or the Bridgewater state hospital would not create a likelihood of serious harm; has not engaged in repeated and recent incidents of serious self-destructive behavior or assaultive behavior as an inpatient at a facility or an inmate of a place of detention; can be properly treated in any other facility licensed, operated or regulated by the department, said person shall be discharged. If the justice decides that a patient at the Bridgewater state hospital does not require strict security, he shall be transferred to a facility. If the justice decides that a person who is the subject of a medical treatment order issued by a district court or a division of the juvenile court department pursuant to section eight B should not be treated, the justice shall issue an appropriate order modifying or vacating such order and, where such previous order is modified, the court shall monitor said modified order by means of a guardian or otherwise as provided in paragraph (e) of section eight B.

If released from court appearance 123A Sec 9

  1. If released from court appearance 123A- Sec9 trial, place a call to us with date, so we may meet up with you a few days later and set up appointments with our staff for an intake to be done.
  2. If you have not Competed a BPRRS Intake form by mail while still inside the walls please call us at 857-990-8547 or website contact info at bostonprojectrebound.org
  3. Listed below are three homeless shelters in the Metro Boston Area
  1. Boston Rescue Mission

39 Kingston St.

Boston, Ma 02111

617-482-8819

2. Pine Street Inn

444 Harrison Ave.

Boston, Ma. 02118

617-829-9207

3.

3. Southampton Street Men’s Shelter

112 Southampton St.

Boston, Ma 02118

617-534-6100

Next step-enrolled in Peer Navigator (client program)

Things you will learn & do  while being apart of this program are as follows

  1. Receive help with getting your Social security card
  2. Learn the Boston MBTA transportation system (Subways, Bus)
  3. Receive help setting up your Health Care
  4. Receive help setting DTA Food stamp cards
  5. Treatment programs (recovery, SOTP, Misc)
  6. Receive help setting up veterans services
  7. General support from BPRRS Staff
  1. Attend BPRRS Aftercare Support Program
  • Here and Now support Groups
  • Printed curriculum Handbooks
  • Other Approved programming-(if interested)

other activities o

 

  1. Peer Navigator Training Program (Training after 1 year) (if you are interested) click here for more information

 

 

 

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