Once enrolled in a program, 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 is assessed for needs (e.g.¸ substance abuse, anger management, etc.) and his/her case manager creates an appropriate treatment plan to address those specific needs. Also critical to achieving a successful outcome in the Aftercare Stage during which the participant is reassessed to determine if they are at risk to re-offend and—perhaps more importantly—what area(s) of risk and needs of the participant require further attention. Throughout the program process, the participant is assisted and supervised by highly-trained intake specialists, case manager, group facilitators, and participant administrators who all have the same primary goal—the ultimate success of the participant.
Research shows that 40 percent of offenders who participate in evidence-based behavior change programs do not commit new crimes. Sentinel’s specialized program offering is built using the core elements that are evidence-based and proven to reduce recidivism. Each of these programs was designed to be used as an important part of a participant’s overall supervision program and help the participant successful integrate back into and live safely within their community—all while successfully completing their probation requirements. Ultimately, however, each program is designed to aggressively and systematically confront entrenched criminal behavior in participants.
Because these programs are locally based, Sentinel can actively work with our community corrections partner to customize a program model that meets the specific needs of the community. Moreover, our local proximity means Sentinel can work directly with a participant to address their specific criminogenic needs. This community-based approach can create success for the community, the participant and the supervising agency. For the community, success means lower crime rates, safer neighborhoods and city streets. For the participant, success means getting out of the criminal justice system equipped with the skills necessary to never return again. And lastly, success to the agency means fewer inmates, quantifiable reductions in recidivism, an increase in public safety and a verifiable saving of tax dollars.