Life After Release Fair draws 300 offenders

Offenders look at displays at ISCI's Life After Release Fair
The Life After Release Fair at ISCI

About 300 offenders turned out for the second-annual Life-After-Release Fair at Idaho State Correctional Institution on September 24.

The fair featured displays by more than 60 vendors representing 35 organizations.

“The resources were based around, but not limited to housing, mental health and medical treatment, aftercare treatment, Probation and Parole, support communities and educational resources,” says the fair’s coordinator, Douglas Klingler, who works as the operations program manager at ISCI.

The Life-After-Release Fair is intended to correlate with IDOC’s mission of promoting a safer Idaho through reducing recidivism. Building a resource pool and having the offenders make contact with the vendors face to face increases support once they release. More support in the community helps the offender handle and mitigate stressful situations that could lead them back into criminal or addictive behavior.

“We've found that many vendors from last year are reporting that the offenders are following up with their services because of the fair and that the offenders are grateful for the support,” Klingler says.

Klingler says he hopes other IDOC facilities will consider teaming up with ISCI for next year’s Life-After-Release Fair.

ISCI is a 1,688-bed, medium-security, men’s prison south of Boise.

 

Story published: 10/10/2014
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