The Northstar Center - GEO is classed as residential reentry center (RRCs), also known as halfway house, located in Fairbanks, AK. This housing unit provides assistance to inmates who are nearing release in their final 3-12 months depending on the length of their original sentence. There is no security level other than voluntary compliance but there is a strict adherence to the rules of the house. Residents of the RRC submit to random drug and alcohol testing, sometimes daily. The RRC is a structured, supervised environment, as well as employment counseling, job placement, financial management assistance, and other programs and services until the inmate is officially released from custody - the food is a lot better too. Inmates are allowed to leave the RRC to go to work, shop for clothing or food and go to religious services. Inmates in the RRC may become eligible for house-arrest or home detention with a monitoring bracelet.
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Reentry & Treatment Facilities partner with state and local governments to provide community-based adult residential reentry services to offenders released or diverted from prison. These facilities are designed to provide structured programming with a focus on substance abuse treatment and education and changing criminal behaviors. Additional services offered at residential reentry facilities include comprehensive assessment, individual and group counseling, life-skills training, and aftercare. Ultimately, each program helps prepare residents to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
In the state system, the reentry philosophy begins with the first day of incarceration, having the inmate focus on their release preparation with 18 months remaining on their sentence. The Release Preparation Program includes classes in areas such as writing a resume, finding a job, and keeping that job. The program also includes presentations by community-based organizations that help ex-inmates find jobs and training opportunities after release.
The Inmate Transition Branch provides additional pre-release employment assistance. Many institutions hold mock job fairs to provide inmates an opportunity to practice job interview skills and to expose community recruiters to the skills available among releasing inmates. Qualified inmates may apply for jobs with companies that have posted job openings. This Branch also helps inmates prepare release folders that include a resume; certificates of completion of programs in education or other vocational training certificates, earned diplomas, and other requisite documents needed for job searches and subsequent interviews.
The reentry program also aims to provide transitional case management services. Transitional case management will consist of identifying an inmates basic and technical needs and linking him with targeted resources prior to his release. If an inmate’s primary needs for survival are initially addressed (including food, clothing and shelter), he/she will have a greater success in obtaining a job, establishing a career and maintaining a crime free quality of life.