Module 1: Getting Started

Module 2: Leadership, Vision and Organizational Culture

Module 3: Collaborative Structure and Joint Ownership

Module 4: Data-Driven Understanding of Local Reentry

Module 5: Targeted Intervention Strategies

Module 6: Screening and Assessment

Module 7: Transition Plan Development

Module 8: Targeted Transition Interventions

Module 9: Self-Evaluation and Sustainability

Section 2: Transition Plan Content

This section guides you through the development of a transition plan based on the National Institute of Corrections’ Transition Accountability Plan (TAP). According to Peggy Burke, author of the Transition from Prison to Community Reentry Handbook, a transition plan has the following components:

At minimum, according to Burke, transition plans should2

The transition plan template (click here) reflects the minimum requirements of an effective transition plan. Our purpose is not to recommend any one transition plan, but instead to provide you with a transition plan template you can modify based on your jurisdiction’s needs. However, as discussed in the previous section, each plan must identify the types of interventions an individual needs, when and where interventions should occur, and by whom.

Discussed here is the rationale for each section of the plan:

A comprehensive knowledge of community resources by the transition planner is essential. Each individual who needs a referral must be given the agency’s name and address as well as a contact person’s name, and in many cases the date and time of an appointment. Though the post-release plan is initially developed in jail, it should be reviewed and revised by a community-based partner upon release.

Released individuals often have a difficult time following up on a referral, even when post-release services are available and accessible. This plan includes a reentry accountability plan so the person can work with his or her case manager or counselor to identify behaviors that may impede them from utilizing a referred community service.

For more information and examples from the field

1. Burke, Peggy B. Burke. 2008. TPC Reentry Handbook: Implementing the NIC Transition from Prison to the Community Model.

2. Howard County, MD Detention Center. Howard County Reentry Checklist.

3.  Denver Sheriff Department. Denver Jail to Community Reentry Case Management Form.

4.  Douglas County, KS Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division. 2008. Reentry Eligibility, Rules and Expectations.  A comprehensive inmate questionnaire: Reentry eligibility, rules, expectations and development of transition goals.

5. Hennepin County, MN. Hennepin County TJC Transition Plan.

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1 Peggy B. Burke, TPC Reentry Handbook: Implementing the NIC Transition from Prison to the Community Model (Washington, DC: Center for Effective Public Policy, The National Institute of Corrections, 2008).

2 Ibid.