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In corrections, many states are facing budget cutbacks and staffing decreases across the board. Increasingly, they are having to face the difficult challenge of having to do more with less.
Parole Violation and Revocation alone can eat up a surprising amount of money and resources. But what if you were able to take at least part of the costs of Parole Violation and Revocation out of the mix?

Working at the request of our colleauges at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, we created a new program resource that supports one last chance– an Alternative To Parole Violation. The vision was to give parole violators a powerful, CBT-based program that, if successfully completed, would allow them to avoid being revocated or violated back to prison.
Here's How It Works:
We developed two program resources– one for males and one for females– designed to help participants examine:
  • the events that led to their referral

  • their poor decision-making

  • their ability to handle temptations and risk factors

  • their difficulties in complying with parole requirements and supervision
The program features 45, two-hour sessions, divided into six (6) units. Each unit provides sufficient resources for approximately 15 hours of independent work. The program model is designed for open admissions. New members may join at any time, and will be able to utilize the same materials as others in the program. The units are designed to be assigned flexibly - they may be used in any order.

Here's an example of Unit 1:
Program units (may be used in any order):
  • External risk factors

  • Relationships (as risk factors).

  • Getting it together

  • Substance use and abuse

  • Internal risk factors

  • Better decision-making
Each unit includes:
  1. Pre-contemplation elements (targeting key reasons for pre-contemplation and lack of success in handling the transition or parole responsibilities)

  2. Core workbook-based self-study elements. Many are from our Women’s Issues (W) series. Others are gender-specific versions of our Relapse Intervention (RI) series or similar elements from the New Freedom workbook resources.

  3. Brief Food for Thought elements, targeted to specific issues.

  4. Focus elements - turning points (determination and commitment) resources. Includes action plan for change

  5. Summary activity for weekly check-in with program staff. This typically includes specific worksheets and situational confidence activities, as well as an assessment of confidence in handling the highest risk factors. That element, a Situational Confidence Questionnaire (SCQ), can serve as a focal point for the staff member in individual or group work.
This resource is also available in a different Men's Version.
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