The Re-Entry process prepares an offender for life after incarceration. This process combines assessment with a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce criminal thinking and behaviors while providing offenders with the necessary skills to succeed in the community.
The Department recognizes the need for a Case Management approach to help prepare the offender for Re-Entry into the community. Case Management coordinates the delivery of treatment services, including the management of evidence-based programs, courses, and activities, which provides for a continuum of supervision and care for agencies serving the offender. Case Management targets a reduction in recidivism through the formulation and implementation of an individualized Case Plan. Case Management in a correctional environment is utilized for the following purposes:
- To provide effective evidence-based programs, courses, activities, and services to address the criminogenic needs of each offender;
- To increase the offender’s potential for successful reintegration into society; and,
- To provide for the safety and security of the community
In order to implement a Case Management process, the Department shall utilize the Unit Team concept. Assessment and classification of offenders facilitates short-term and long-range planning and program development in the correctional system as a whole and at each facility, parole district, or program location.
The Department’s efforts toward reducing recidivism are formulated through Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), and those efforts are set forth in this policy and administrative procedure. Nationally, EBP methods are showing success in Re-Entry through all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, not only in correctional facilities.
Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS)
The Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) is a criminogenic risk and needs assessment tool used statewide by the Indiana Department of Correction, the courts, parole, probation and community corrections.
IRAS is implemented upon an individual’s entrance into the criminal justice system. Program staff at the facility use specific assessment tools to determine appropriate level of services for each offender. The IRAS is scored into a statewide extranet (online database) entitled the Indiana Court Information Technology Extranet (INCITE).
The IRAS tools are as follows:
- Pre-Trial Tool
- Community Supervision Screening Tool
- Community Supervision Tool
- Prison Intake Tool
- Supplemental Re-Entry Tool
The case plan identifies the specific criminogenic risk level for each modality listed on the IRAS. As an offender moves throughout the system, programming information and interventions are cycled to the case plan. The case plan is shared between unit team staff and the offender to provide a road map through incarceration and towards successful Re-Entry.