The Indiana Department of Correction recognizes that the majority of offenders incarcerated will be released into the community. These offenders will be released either on parole, probation or by discharge. In order to increase the potential for successful reintegration into the community, it is necessary that these offenders be provided certain programming and resource information prior to release. To do this, the Department operates Pre-Release course for all adult offenders who shall be released into the community. This programming is intended to provide the offenders with an opportunity to have their release needs identified and considered. To accomplish this task, staff will be utilize all available resources. Each Adult IDOC facility has an identified Re-Entry Coordinator to ensure that the Pre-Release course is being facilitated as designed.
This Pre-Release course shall be provided to each offender in sufficient time to allow the offender to complete the necessary components and coursework prior to release. All adult offenders shall be required to participate in the Pre-Release course. Pre-Release courses are currently operating at all adult facilities. Attendance in a Pre-Release Re-Entry program prior to release is mandatory for releasing offenders. The type of program that the offender attends shall be determined by the facility’s Re-Entry Coordinator.
The Department is permitted to modify the curriculum as necessary to ensure that it meets the needs of the offender population. Pre-Release curriculum consists of the following general topics: Orientation, Economic Issues, Stress Issues, Family Related Issues (Parenting/Reintegration), Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse/Addictions Recovery Education and Resources, Community Programming, Budgeting, Education Resources (FAFSA), Employment Skill Building (i.e. resumes), and Community Resources. The Pre-Release course also requires all participants to complete assigned homework.
Re-Entry Coordinators are encouraged to include the use of written materials, internet resources and any other resources provided by community agencies or the guest presenters. The use of community resources shall enhance the presentation of the material in the Pre-Release course.
The Department prepares an annual report to be submitted to the Indiana General Assembly regarding the operation of the Pre-Release course. This report includes the number of offenders who participated in the program and the types of programs in which the offenders participated.
In addition to the delivery of Pre-Release courses, Re-Entry staff also aid releasing offenders in applying for their birth certificate, social security replacement card, military DD-214 paperwork, and their Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle Identification card during their incarceration. In an attempt to secure these documents and better prepare offenders for release, the Indiana Department of Correction assists offenders in applying for this vital documentation at no cost to the offender.
Throughout their incarceration, offenders have the opportunity to apply for their birth certificate both for those born in Indiana, as well as those born out of state. This is done at no cost to the offender. This task is accomplished through an ongoing partnership between the Indiana Department of Correction and the Indiana Department of Health
Replacement Social Security Card
Throughout their incarceration, offenders have the opportunity to apply for a replacement social security card. This is done at no cost to the offender. This task is accomplished done through an ongoing partnership between the Indiana Department of Correction and the Social Security Administration
BMV Identification Card
Throughout their incarceration, offenders have the opportunity to visit the mobile BMV unit that travels to all adult facilities at least once during each calendar year. In addition to receiving their BMV identification card, offenders can obtain additional information regarding their driver’s license. This task is accomplished through an ongoing partnership between the Indiana Department of Correction and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Military DD-214 Form (Report of Separation)
For those offenders with previous military service, IDOC Re-Entry staff are trained to assist them with the application for receipt of their DD-214 report. This report typically contains information needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment and membership in veterans’ organizations. This task is accomplished through an ongoing partnership between the Indiana Department of Correction and the Veterans Affairs Administration.