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About 80 inmates from Washington County who are being released from state prisons will be part of a four-state study aimed at reducing recidivism and helping former inmates find jobs.
Funding from The Charles Koch Institute will allow Pennsylvanians returning home from prison in Allegheny, Fayette and Washington counties to participate in a national re-entry initiative that aims to help them succeed after incarceration.
Some inmates in Pennsylvania prisons will be part of a four-state pilot program that will track and monitor them upon their release with the goal of keeping them from ending up back behind bars.
On July 26, Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D., with the FSU College of Social Work will discuss re-entry as it applies to inmates and formerly incarcerated people in Tallahassee to help support their transition back into their community.
A new project funded by the network aligned with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is tracking and monitoring 1,100 inmates in four states after they are released from prison starting Aug. 1 to help them successfully reintegrate into society.
1,100 inmates from Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Kentucky will be monitored starting this week to help them reintegrate into society
Most individual, couples and family therapy takes a problem-focused approach — delving deep to understand a problem over many sessions before beginning to address solutions. Dr. Johnny Kim advocates for a different approach for many clients: solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), which, as the name implies, moves directly to solutions for a wide range of issues, including depression, addiction and trauma.
"The White House hosted a high-profile summit meeting on federal prison reform on May 18, and Carrie Pettus-Davis, who helped to organize it, sat among cabinet members."
"At Florida State, Pettus-Davis will run the Institute for Justice Research and Development...Two studies are underway. One study compares substance abuse treatment inside Florida prisons. The other assesses re-entry programs at prisons in Texas, Kentucky, Florida and Pennsylvania to get them more consistent with best practices. Pettus-Davis said she hoped to include Missouri on the list of participants."
"Five key pillars — including positive social engagement, meaningful work trajectories — needed for successful return from incarceration," researcher says.