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“The Last 100 Hours”

Interviews with Former Inmates and Department of Corrections Staff Regarding Louisiana’s Pilot 100-Hour Pre-Release Curriculum. This work is part of the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge’s larger grassroots effort to address social systems impacting the lives of black men & boys.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A working committee of the grassroots organization Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge volunteered to provide an independent review of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DoC) pilot 100-hr Pre-Release Program (a reentry preparation curriculum) by conducting a two-phase interview process with representatives of both inmate and staff populations at select correctional institutions. This work was part of the nonprofit group’s larger focus on social systems impacting the lives of black men in Baton Rouge. Its findings and recommendations were submitted to the DoC in September 2019. The Department’s response is included in this report.

With the goal of general assessment and a greater understanding of this important program by our members, we interviewed 6 administrators of the 100-hr Pre-Release Program at West Baton Parish jail and Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility in Phase One of our process. In Phase Two, we interviewed 11 formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs) who had some knowledge, insight and/or direct experience of the pilot program. After concluding our interviews and sharing their contents within our group, we have drafted the following suggestions for consideration as possible ways to enhance or improve Louisiana’s foremost reentry initiative.

OUR SUGGESTIONS

  • Expand pre-release program (or components of the pre-release program) to satellite facilities state-wide, with standard eligibility requirements included.
  • Annually review and update textual materials used in the pre-release program and/or establish a computer kiosk that provides this up-to-date information.
  • Offer an easily navigated index of post-release (nonprofit, faith-based or public sector) services available to FIPs in local communities across the state.
  • Assess and address participants’ levels of engagement and willingness to succeed.
  • Implement an evidence-based assessment tool that provides a more holistic evaluation of the needs of individuals pending release.
  • Include skills training, possibly in partnership with BRCC and local industry.
  • Increase high-level administrative personnel and outside leadership participation to communicate to inmates and instructors a strong institutional investment in the program.
  • Promote greater coordination, physical and digital information sharing and professional development for reentry personnel across all correctional facilities statewide.
  • Determine the percentage of FIPs released without vital documentation system-wide, and assure all pre-release program participants exit program with appropriate vital documentation.

 

If you would like view the full report click here http://swagheronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL-DRAFT-Last-100-Hours-1.pdf

Dr. Brianne Painia, Ph.D., Lead Author

 

 

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