Sentinel provides access to Cognitive Skills Programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism through cognitive behavior modification techniques. These programs are readily available through our community-based Sentinel Day Reporting Center model. We offer a number of cognitive-based skill course offerings to meet the criminogenic needs of the offenders. These programs include, but are not limited to:


The MRT program that Sentinel utilizes in cognitive-based therapy programs is one of the nation’s leading anti-recidivism mechanisms. MRT attempts to change how offenders make decisions and judgments by raising their moral reasoning abilities.


A module utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach to relapse prevention that focuses on risky situations, scripting changes, coping with urges and cravings, being around users, understanding support issues, and taking charge of life choices and behaviors.


A skills training program that focuses on the causes of anger and how to control behavioral reactions to anger especially within confrontational situations.


A program designed to help offenders develop parenting skills and assess the values related to their family by teaching probationers to confront their parenting skills and habits, perform a clarification of the values regarding their family, and establish appropriate discipline routines.


A training program that addresses responsible budgeting, needs versus wants, and accepting the rules in life.


A  program targeted to individuals who are about to re-enter the workforce after a long absence, or who have a poor work history, which provides targeted services such as communication skills, presentation skills (dress and mannerisms), and following instructions.

Sentinel Day Reporting Centers are particularly effective with participants who have more deeply-rooted problems that often require a more intense level of supervision.  These intensive services are coupled with evidence-based behavior change programs that have proven to reduce recidivism in high-risk/high-needs offender populations through the country. Our programs are directly geared to impact the most significant of the criminogenic risk and need factors. In order of importance, those risk and need factors are:

  • Antisocial attitudes, values, and beliefs (criminal thinking);
  • Pro-criminal associates and isolation from pro-social associates;
  • Particular temperament and behavioral characteristics (e.g., egocentrism);
  • Weak problem-solving and social skills;
  • Criminal history;
  • Negative family factors (e.g., abuse, unstructured or undisciplined environment, criminality in the family, substance abuse in the family);
  • Low levels of vocational and educational skills; and
  • Substance abuse.

Participants are taken through a series of guided exercises, writing assignments, and other team building methods during their Individualized Treatment Plan to encourage individual behavior changes. Each participant goes through a needs assessment (e.g.¸ substance abuse, anger management, etc.).  The result is an individual treatment plan. Every participant is supervised by specialists with a single goal: to help the offender stay on a path to a better life.

Upon completion of the prescribed program, the Aftercare Stage kicks in. The participant is reassessed to determine the risk to re-offend. Problem area(s) are identified and further attention is prescribed.

Research shows that 40 percent of offenders who participate in evidence-based behavior change programs are less likely to commit new crimes. Sentinel’s specialized program uses core elements that are evidence-based and proven to reduce recidivism. Each course plays an important part in a participant’s overall supervision plan.

Every step in the process helps to systematically confront entrenched criminal behavior in participants.

Sentinel customizes the curriculum to meet the needs of the local population.  This community-based approach creates success for the community, the participant and the supervising agency. For the community, success means lower crime rates, safer neighborhoods, and streets. For the participant, success means getting out of the criminal justice system equipped with the skills necessary to never return again.  The agency has fewer inmates, reduced recidivism and saves of tax dollars.

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