The Residential Re-entry Center reopened in September 2007 to serve federal offenders after suffering severe flood damage from the hurricane. This 30-year-old program, formerly the Comprehensive Sanction Center, remains true to its long-time mission of rehabilitating offenders and preparing them to successfully re-enter society. We are accredited by the American Correctional Associations with a 100% accreditation score.
The Center houses 60 federal prisoners, both male and female, through a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Center acts as a secure halfway house for inmates finishing their sentences with an average stay of 60 to 90 days. Only about 10% fail to follow the rules and return to prison. These numbers have been consistent for the past 10 years.
The Center helps inmates re-establish family relationships, develop soft skills for employement, and remain abstinate from substance abuse. Inmates, though carefully monitored through accountability practices, can leave the Center to work, attend therapy sessions, and visit with family. While residing in the Residential Re-entry Center, offenders pay 25% of their income for room and board. By complying with the facilities stringent regulations, inmates can show that they are ready to re-enter society as productive citizens.
This state-of-the-art corrections center, built over 10 years ago, was badly flooded even though it was in a no-flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency funded 90% of the $1.6 million rebuilding costs.
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