Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121873
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File Number: 121873 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-949-12 Control: County Commission
File Name: REHAB. ON JOB TRAINING IN JAILS Introduced: 9/19/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/8/2012
Agenda Date: 11/8/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A21
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO REVIEW THE MARCH 2008 MIAMI DADE BLUE RIBBON ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT AND FINDINGS ON REHABILITATION AND JOB TRAINING IN COUNTY JAILS, ADVISE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON WHAT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN THE COUNTY PURSUANT TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEN TO PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A REPORT CONTAINING ADDITIONAL UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS OR METHODS, WHICH MAY FURTHER ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION OF THOSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
Indexes: JAIL
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/8/2012 11A21 Adopted P

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 10/16/2012 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. There being no comments or questions, the Committee proceeded to vote on this item.

County Attorney 9/19/2012 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 10/16/2012

County Attorney 9/19/2012 Assigned Ben Simon

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO REVIEW THE MARCH 2008 MIAMI DADE BLUE RIBBON ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT AND FINDINGS ON REHABILITATION AND JOB TRAINING IN COUNTY JAILS, ADVISE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON WHAT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN THE COUNTY PURSUANT TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEN TO PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A REPORT CONTAINING ADDITIONAL UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS OR METHODS, WHICH MAY FURTHER ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION OF THOSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

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WHEREAS, in the last three calendar years, an annual average of almost 100,000 inmates have come through Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities; and
WHEREAS, national research indicates that “prison educational and vocational programs can improve behavior, reduce recidivism, and increase employment prospects upon release,” according to studies analyzed by the Reentry Policy Council, a bipartisan initiative established by the Council of State Governments to improve the likelihood that adults released from prison or jail will avoid crime and become productive citizens; and
WHEREAS, a variety of effective diversion and reentry programs are already in place in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, Resolution No.1270-05 created a Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee to provide the Board with recommendations for additional inmate programs to facilitate the reentry of inmates into the community and to thereby reduce recidivism rates; and
WHEREAS, the Advisory Committee submitted to the Board its Final Report, dated March 28, 2008, entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Rehabilitation & Job Training in County Jails”, which made the following recommendations:
General Recommendations:
1) Establish a local Reentry Council for planning/coordination of reentry services.
2) Staged implementation of rehabilitative programming through pilot programs.
3) Establish a research group under the Reentry Council to analyze reentry issues.
4) Reinvestment of cost-of-incarceration savings to expand reentry services.
5) County actions re: hiring of ex-offenders, private employer hiring incentives, etc.
6) State legislation re: employment/housing barriers, mental illness services, funding, etc.
Criminal Justice Recommendations:
7) Prioritize inmates regarding initial reentry services with eventual expansion to all.
8) Reentry process to include provision of standardized, informed consent waivers.
9) Provision of incentives for inmate participation in reentry program.
10) Reentry sentencing options based upon discharge plans providing continuity of in-Jail services to community based services.
11) Create linkages between local reentry services and Florida Department of Corrections for state prisoners within 120 days of release.
Corrections Operations Recommendations:
12) Expand participation in rehab/work programs thru screening, classification, etc.
13) Improve inter-agency coordination through joint training, MOUs, protocols, etc.
Service Provider Recommendations:
14) Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (MDCR) to institute automated assessment process re: med/psych, substance abuse, educational/vocational, etc.
15) Consolidate MDCR training/support services into accessible “one-stop” centers.
16) Create continuum-of-treatment protocols and linkages with community based service providers
Bricks and Mortar Recommendations:
17) New/renovated detention facilities to include accessible reentry program space.
18) Correctional Master Plan to provide for training and work facility.
19) MDCR to partner with education/vocational providers for occupational training.
20) Contract for emergency MDCR needs re crowding, construction/repairs, etc.
State and Federal Prisoner Re-entry Recommendations:
21) Local Reentry Council to include state and federal representation to coordinate with local reentry services; and
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 675-08 directed the Mayor to apply for, receive and expend any and all grant monies made available under the Second Chance Act of 2007 for local reentry programs of the type recommended in the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee’s Final Report, and Resolution No. 1064-08 directed the County’s federal lobbying team to assist the Mayor in identifying and applying for such grants; and
WHEREAS, Resolution 321-09 created the Miami-Dade Re-entry Council in order to allow the Mayor to apply for, receive, and expend grant funds from the federal government pursuant to the Second Chance Act of 2007; and
WHEREAS, the successful reentry of inmates into the community continues to be a matter of great public importance for the citizens of Miami-Dade County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Mayor is hereby directed to review the March 2008 Miami Dade Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee Report on 'Breaking the Cycle: Rehabilitation and Job Training in County Jails'; to advise the Board of County Commissioners on what has been implemented or changed pursuant to these recommendations; and to provide the Board with a report recommending additional actions which may further accomplish the mission of those advisory committee recommendations.



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