In the criminal justice system, reintegration refers to the process of reentry into society by individuals who have been in prison and includes the reinstatement of freedoms lost as a result. This process usually occurs gradually, as in the case of paroled inmates and those finishing
their sentences in halfway houses or home confinement.
Renewal, Inc.’s Work Release Program is designed to facilitate this process by providing a meaningful, practical action plan, recognized industry wide as a model for managing this critical element of the transition process. We know, however, that successful reintegration takes more than just a new set of skills. It requires a commitment on the part of the individual and practice using those skills to develop long-term, healthy habits that can lead to a positive future.
The Road to Meaningful Employment
From day one, when an individual enters Renewal, Inc.’s Work Release Program, our staff takes an active role in ensuring that the person has a rewarding employment experience and is set up for success. Each participant is assigned a case manager who works with them one-on-one throughout the program.
Employment and outreach facilitators are also available to help identify and obtain job opportunities. Moving forward, all work release participants have continual access to the full breadth of Renewal, Inc.’s resources to address mental health concerns or issues with drugs or alcohol, and to strengthen and enhance critical social skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Technology Plays an Important Role
At Renewal, Inc., completing the program is only one part of the larger-scale goal of reintegration. We have been using our proprietary, fully computerized Resident Tracking System since the mid-1990s, years before such innovation was commonplace. It not only monitors
participants’ movements, but also actively tracks their progress.
Renewal offers case management for Federal, State and County work release programs.
To be eligible, an individual must be referred through the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Probation Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, the Pennsylvania Department of Parole or the Allegheny County Jail.