"To reduce recidivism and promote public safety by delivering a coordinated, accountable substance abuse treatment program designed to assist offenders with successful reintegration."
The Marion County Reentry Court is committed to providing access to intense treatment services in order to break the cycle of drug addiction and crime in Marion County.
A crisis can naturally spur innovation. Perhaps one of the biggest crises in the criminal justice system is the revolving door of chemically-dependent offenders being released from incarceration with minimal resources or interventions available to assist their transition back into the community. In response to the increasingly high rate of recidivism in Indianapolis, the Marion County Superior Courts created a unique Re-Entry Court to improve post-release services and decrease recidivism, thereby improving public safety and relieving some financial burden on the community. Innovative treatment and intervention services provided by Marion County Re-Entry Court are proven effective in reducing recidivism, reducing jail overcrowding and early release, and decreasing the amount of taxpayer money spent on criminal justice. Offenders monitored by Re-Entry Court do not occupy valuable space in the Marion County jail; they participate in rehabilitation and treatment services, undergo regular drug screening, and receive resources necessary to secure housing and employment. Tangible results support the collaborative approach between Re-Entry Court and local non-profit agencies, resulting in cost-savings to the community, high program completion rates, and low recidivism rates. Though the program is only two years old, capacity for services expands with every cycle of participants.
In order to be eligible for Re-Entry Court, offenders must meet the following requirements: residency in Marion County at the time of conviction and throughout the duration of the program; eligibility for early release through Community Transitions program and/or parole or probation programs; no conduct board violations of a physical nature, and; no sex offenses. The program is open to both males and females, with preference given to offenders with substance abuse and addiction issues.
Individuals who currently reside in the community and others who are transitioning back into the community from incarceration do not receive adequate support to stop the vicious cycle of addition, crime, and incarceration. The target population referred to the Re-Entry Court Program is by placement in the Community Transition Program (IC11-8-5.6) or as a direct referral from Parole.
Offenders are selected for Community Transition Program (CTP) when they have 60, 90, 120 or 180 days to serve before their release; they are referred by the Department of Corrections and are approved by the referring judge and screened for eligibility by the Community Transitions Program Coordinator. Whether it is a CTP referral or a direct referral from Parole determination is primarily based on two factors: at lease two year of successful participation in parole/probation, and/or criminal history of significant substance abuse.