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PRISON ACTION COMMITTEE


The Goals of "CRP"

In order to reduce the chance of an inmate returning to prison, effective and sufficient programming in prison and follow-up services in the community are required. The goals of the "CRP" are to assist returned offenders make a successful reintegration back into family and community life and to reduce the rate of recidivism among returned offenders who have determined to redeem themselves and become productive members of society, by connecting community resources to the specific activities of the "CRP". The goal will be accomplished by connecting the specific activity with the appropriate resource. This focus involves mental health professionals, educators and business directly. The overall goals is to provide holistic program that will lead to a better quality of life for the targeted population

The objective of component 1 - mental health development, is to provide the returned offender, his/her children and spouse, with emotional/psychological therapy during the critical stages of transition from a totally controlled environment to a free community and the direct interaction in family life; after years of incarceration. Studies have shown that 43% of those released from prison will return within 3 years. The mental health stability of the returned offender, within the first 3 months of release, is the most crucial period experienced. matter as one's sense of belonging and identity, coupled with rejection and denials of meaningful opportunities to advance, or contribute to one's financial needs (food, clothing, housing), being qualified, are an everyday reality for life. (See Report of the Task Force on Released Inmates, Jan. 1990 p. 43)

As with most PAC programs we currently have on going GED, Computer upgrade/maintenance and Tailoring classes at PAC Learning Center. It is located at 1279 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 260, Chicago, Illinois 60622. For more information about any of our programs please contact us at our office located at 661 E 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60619. Telephone number (773)-874-7390, our fax number is (773)-874-7392