The Alpha Re-entry Model
Based on research by Dr. Byron Johnson concerning offender reentry, Alpha USA Division of Prisons and Reentry further developed a model of reentry which encompasses both pre-and post-release interventions for offenders. Numerous such Initiatives are in operation within the USA all reporting positive results in terms of ease of prison management and reduction of recidivism rates. Alpha Initiatives area true collaborations of faith-based, community organizations and the prison for providing evidence based practices through modified therapeutic community practices and curriculum. Post release utilizes the tools developed through the international non-profit organization Caring for Ex-offenders (CFEO) which is operated by Alpha International: Wilberforce Trust. The model consists of offenders who volunteer to participate in the Initiative living on the same unit within the prison from a minimum of 9 to 18 months. Upon release each graduate of the Initiative is provided with support consistent with the resources available in his/her community. Following the CFEO model Alpha provides training for churches and volunteers to work with those offenders being released into the community.
While each reentry initiative is location specific in design the curriculum provided is based on an offenders’ needs assessment for success upon reentry. The curriculum therefore consists of 5 areas of concentration: Character Development, Anger Management, Addiction Prevention, Family/Child Relationships and Daily Living Skills.
Mentor’s and supporting churches upon release a deemed essential toward successful reentry. In the last 13 years 23 such Initiatives have been established. These include the Folsom Reentry Initiative for Men, Folsom Reentry Initiative for Women and the Sanders Estes Reentry Initiative near Dallas, Texas.