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Inmates who are sentenced to a Retained Jurisdiction (Rider) are assessed to determine their medical, programmatic, education level and mental health needs. The information from these assessments is used to determine which treatment programs they will be participating in. The programs are as follows:

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA): Developed by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute for the criminal justice population, this program is designed for individuals who are moderate to high need in the area of substance abuse. This program helps participants look at the impact drugs and alcohol have had on their lives and develop some tools to make different future choices. Participants meet in small groups (8-10 participants) over 44 sessions. This program places heavy emphasis on skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills development. The program is divided into six modules including: Motivational Engagement, Cognitive Restructuring, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills, Problem Solving, and Success Planning.  Participants will spend a significant amount of time in this group learning and practicing new methods of handling risky situations.

Thinking for a Change (T4C): – is an integrated cognitive-behavioral change curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections specifically for justice-involved inmates. T4C concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of inmates, and includes skill development and training in cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem-solving skills. T4C is comprised of 25 lessons delivered to small groups of inmates (8-10) that build upon each other and can be used to craft an aftercare program to meet the ongoing individual needs of each participant following release back into the community.

Advanced Practices (AP)Inmates sent on a retained jurisdiction who have already completed core IDOC programming (ART, CBI-SA, CBI-SO and/or T4C) will be placed in an Advanced Practices Group (AP). The Advanced Practice Curriculum provides a structured method to assist in practicing the skills learned in the core programming (ART, CBI-SA, CBI-SO and/or T4C) in a progressively more challenging way through the use of more difficult situations with increased pressure. These open-ended groups allow participants to continue practicing cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, social skills, and problem-solving in increasingly complex and challenging scenarios. Once the learning objectives are achieved, inmates will be graduated from the group. 

Aggression Replacement Training (ART): The Aggression Replacement Training program, which is designed to be delivered over the course of 12 weeks, targets the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional components of aggression to reduce aggressive behavior. The program integrates Skill Development (a behavioral component) with Anger Control Training (emotional) and Moral Reasoning Training (values). Participants develop an understanding of aggression and its connection to criminal behavior and the “angry behavior cycle.” Through the integration of the three core components (skill streaming, anger control, and moral reasoning), inmates are taught an array of prosocial skills to develop better self-control and to learn to redirect and reduce their anger and aggression.

Pre-releaseThis 40 to 60-hour program is designed to increase understanding of the rules and expectations of community supervision and restorative justice principles. Inmates are required to complete a computer literacy course, a personal portfolio, and the Pre-release workbook, as well as attend several short, standardized group sessions related to education and career planning.  The Pre-release curriculum includes information and training in the following categories: job search skills, money management, goal setting, education, employment, communication, housing, transportation, health, relationships, and supervision.