Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120
04/04/2019 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS
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HB 118-OFFENDER REENTRY PLANNING BY CORRECTIONS 5:42:50 PM CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS announced that the final order of business would be HOUSE BILL NO. 118, "An Act relating to the duties of the commissioner of corrections; and relating to planning for prisoner reentry." 5:42:59 PM CO-CHAIR FIELDS, as prime sponsor, presented HB 118 with the use of a PowerPoint presentation, entitled "House Bill 118." He turned to slide 2, entitled "Background," which graphically illustrates the decline in Alaska recidivism rates by calendar year [CY2011 - CY2015]. He reviewed the bullet points on the slide, which read: • Reentry provides resources for citizens to successfully transition back in to our communities by utilizing individualized case management, programming, and support services • Alaska has begun to see a steady decline in recidivism • Reentry push began in 2010 and has spanned multiple administrations CO-CHAIR FIELDS referred to slide 3, entitled "Offender Management Plans (OMPs)," and described them using the bullet points on the slide, which read: • Used as a Case Plan for coordination between the Department of Corrections and Reentrant and Community Providers • Case Plans are live documents developed after prisoner intake and are updated prior to transition and release into the community • Prioritizes needs for citizens to have successful transition out of incarceration • Based off of risk treatment assessment • Addresses • Medical treatment • Mental health • Housing needs • Financial issues • Job skills • Life skills • Education • And more CO-CHAIR FIELDS pointed out that the more effective an OPM is the fewer people reenter incarceration through recidivism. CO-CHAIR FIELDS moved to slide 4, entitled "Reentry Coalitions Across the State," and relayed the developments listed on the slide, which read: • Reentry Service: any service provided by a community or state organization that serves individuals released from the criminal justice system back into the community • Reentry coalitions: • Facilitate community assessment of assets, barriers, and gaps for returning citizens • Develop solutions for case coordination challenges using evidence based approaches • Design and implement a Comprehensive Community Reentry Plan • Coordinate Offender Management Plans • Participants in Reentry Coalitions include Alaska Division of Public Health, Alaska House Finance Corporation, The Salvation Army, Alaska Native Justice Center, The Alaska Labor Exchange System, Chanlyut, Nine Start Education & Employment Services, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Southcentral Foundation, Partners for Progress, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council. 5:46:38 PM CO-CHAIR FIELDS referred to slide 5, entitled "Reentry Coalitions in Alaska," which shows the locations of reentry coalitions on the Alaska map and lists them as follows: • Coalitions in Anchorage, Matsu, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Dillingham, Nome, Ketchikan CO-CHAIR FIELDS moved on to slide 6, entitled "What is currently in law?" and reviewed the legal requirements, which read: • Reentry planning • DOC must establish an institutional case plan for every individual serving a term of 30 days or more • DOC must establish a reentry plan for every individual serving a term of 30 days or more • DOC is required to work with prisoners within 90 days of their release date in order to establish a written reentry plan • We hope to build on long term planning for success after release with this bill CO-CHAIR FIELDS turned to slide 7, entitled "House Bill 118," to summarize HB 118, which read in part: • HB 118 requires that a written case plan take effect within 90 days after a prisoner's sentencing • HB 118 ensures that the DOC collaborates with community reentry coalitions and other providers of reentry services when developing a written case plan 5:48:45 PM CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS asked about the growth of reentry coalitions over the past 10 years. CO-CHAIR FIELDS replied that his recollection is that several years ago when he worked for the Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOLWD), the only active community reentry coalitions were in Southcentral Alaska; now they are all over the state. There were individuals and groups working on reentry issues; however, they weren't organized as reentry coalitions comprehensively looking at wraparound services, housing, substance abuse treatment, and employment in a community. CO-CHAIR FIELDS continued to review slide 7, which read in part: • HB 118 establishes new metrics tracking the results of the program that conducts assessments of the risks and needs of offenders and a report presented to the legislature that includes • Number of prisoners provided written case plans, percentage of target population that number represents • Number of written case plans initiated within the preceding year • Number of written case plans updated in the preceding year CO-CHAIR FIELDS added that data will assist in measuring the success of reentry programs - giving the state an opportunity to strengthen programs or make changes. He also added that the number of updated case plans speaks to how active the plans are. 5:51:30 PM REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to adopt the committee substitute (CS) for HB 118, Version 31-LS0724\S, Radford, 4/3/19, as the working document. There being no objection, Version S was before the committee. CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS stated that HB 118, Version S, would be held over.