Innovations In Program Development

Through cutting-edge culturally informed research, inclusive of the voided voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system, Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) offers innovations in program development to the reentry population. Our goal to this regard is to establish better practices needed, as opposed to best practices used.

Although this process appears to be quite simple, it is not. In fact, the psychological health of individuals who have experienced the criminal justice system is often heavily burdened with emotional imbalances such as fears, anger, anxiety, stress, uncertainty, hopelessness, and other varying psychosocial pathologies.

RISE understands such pathologies and respond by using strategies to address social, environmental, and cultural factors that limits successful reentry. For example, after reentry, returning citizens are usually referred to reentry programs located in the communities’ where criminal behavior occurred. Usually, the poor, and people of color, are often referred to reentry or rehabilitation programs located in poverty stricken urban communities with high crime rates. Research shows, it’s difficult for one to heal and become successful within the same high volatile environment in which aberrant behavior originally took place.

RISE innovations in reentry programs posits one should not return to the same environment due to the high risk of being triggered from familiarity. RISE reentry initiatives include building and establishing new spaces outside of high-risk communities to recidivism that are complimentary to successful and sustainable reentry.

Rehabilitation after reentry has a broader scope in contrast to reentry. Becoming rehabilitated encompassing the full reach towards reclaiming wholeness after injury with the goal of fully participating in society as a productive member. Reentry, conceptually, should be considered a separate process, and be focused on pre-release programming, as opposed to after release. If the concept of reentry was used to prepare incarcerated citizens for rehabilitation processes after reentry, or in this instance, the reach towards wholeness once back into society, recidivism rates would drastically decrease.