Within the Parole Division is a group fully dedicated to housing and reentry. The mission of the Parole Reentry Group (PRG) is to aid in the reduction of offender recidivism and to foster public safety. The PRG develops, monitors and coordinates community resources and provides supportive services necessary to enhance an offender’s successful reentry back into the community to become crime free law-abiding members of society.
With a FY2016 budget of $4,115,743, the PRG was able to place a total of 5,804 parolees in community housing. A total of 3,221 parolees were placed in supportive (paid) placements for short durations (on average 30-90 days). The PRG placed 2,583 parolees in unpaid housing (shelters). In addition to the provision of housing, parole reentry staff secured case management and supportive services for 4,739 parolees. Placements are funded to house particularly challenging populations, including sex offenders (three placements), offenders with board orders for electronic monitoring (2,903 placements), offenders with substance abuse issues needing inpatient treatment (535 placements), offenders needing transitional housing (2,253 placements) and offenders with mental health issues and nursing care needs (31 placements).
Beyond providing housing services and monitoring contracts for those services, the PRG refers parolees to support services and monitors 39 contracts in total, including six Day Reporting Center contracts, five Transitional Jobs Programs and other various contracts associated with IDOC’s drug treatment facilities (Sheridan and Southwestern Illinois correctional centers). In addition to the thousands of parolees receiving services and referrals for service upon release, PRG has taken on the responsibility for identifying case management services for all Supplemental Sentence Credit (SSC) parolees prior to release.