The behavior of the criminal conduct-driven person undeniably defies both the logic and intelligence others attribute to them (or they to themselves). This is because:
Acknowledging ones individual responsibility for decisions and actions is where we begin. Helping the client see that “the strength of decisions dictate direction” is not only the first step; it is where the process of transformation to success and fulfillment has its genesis.
Second Chance Center is implementing different approaches to this population and their unique needs and circumstances, through individual and group mentoring strategies:
Pre-release individual mentoring is being provided (where possible i.e. in Colorado Department of Corrections prisons, county jails and Community Corrections/halfway house facilities) to assess the participant’s risk and needs and to develop a transition plan, including the identification of re-entry resources.
Post-release case management is supplemented by both individual and group mentoring. Groups encourage the significant changes required to curtail self-sabotage and episodes of criminality and violence (including gang activities), maintain sobriety, and aid in the successful transition to lives of satisfaction and fulfillment. These steps are based upon clinical theories and concepts “translated” so as to be more palatable to this uniquely challenging population, and featured in the book Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison, authored by SCC Executive Director, Hassan A, Latif. These steps are as follows:
Second Chance Center also conducts Fitness Training groups designed to help clients:
NOTE: For the formerly incarcerated population “weight piles” are the equivalent of country clubs, where problems are discussed and where networking and relationship building takes place.
Second Chance Center has implemented a community service arm the agency calls F.O.R.C.E - Former Offenders Reintegrated for Community Enrichment. This group of transitioning persons (male & female of which some who are many years into the process) come together to change the environment to which felons are released and to help the formerly incarcerated become empowered within the political and social systems which factored into their incarceration. F.O.R.C.E. meets each month to plan events, attend/testify at state legislative hearings, and educates the public about how they can help to negate the impact of collateral consequences (those conditions which continue to negatively impact people after completion of their sentences/commitments).
Second Chance Center has built solid relationships with other faith and community-based organizations in an effort to enhance the delivery of services/assistance to participants with critical transitional needs. Services are provided with the knowledgeable consideration of the diversity of this population (the Community) including ethnicity, religious and/or political affiliation, and gender or sexual orientation/identification.
Prudent consideration of community safety and the allocation of tax payer dollars (both of critical importance) are reflected in the efforts of Second Chance Center. Appropriate time, energy, focus and resources directed at this particular population’s transitional needs on the front end could, in many cases, help to avoid the burdensome cost of continued criminality, victimization, family upheavals and the historic re-incarcerations that have defined re-entry cycles in the past.