DRC programs rehabilitate ex-offenders

GEO Reentry’s Day Reporting Centers offer programs designed to help parolees and probationers successfully transition back to family and community life. After a risk and needs assessment, a GEO Reentry behavior change manager creates a treatment plan for each client, which helps them overcome their own specific barriers to a successful transition.

All clients participate in six to 10 hours of classes per week, including a case management group that helps clients develop life skills. The remaining classes a client takes depend on individual needs. A client’s class schedule focuses on areas of their life most likely to lead them away from a criminal lifestyle. The classes also equip clients with the skills they need to succeed in the community, reducing the likelihood they will reoffend. A client may be assigned to any of the following classes:

  • Parenting Skills
  • Family Lab
  • Education: GED
  • Cognitive Skills: Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Anger Management
  • Employment Readiness and Job Search
  • Substance Abuse

To further promote client success, DRCs offer a program called Community Connections. This program connects clients with community members and resources that can lend them additional support. The program includes:

  • Community Connections orientations conducted at the DRC regularly
  • Community service days
  • An ongoing speaker’s bureau

Additionally, all clients are encouraged to find part- or full-time employment. DRC staff assists clients in job preparation and placement services. Specifically, the Employment Readiness and Job Search class teaches clients work skills, interview techniques and how to look for jobs.

GEO Reentry supports state and local community corrections agencies to implement day reporting programs that are based on evidence-based practices. Each program can be tailored to the needs of the agency and population served.