Module 5: Module Objectives

This module provides information that will help you to understand why and how targeted intervention strategies form the core of the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model at the individual level and comprise the basic building blocks for effective jail-to-community transition.

Improving transition at the individual level involves the introduction of specific interventions targeted by need at critical points along the jail-to-community continuum. The underlying premise, based on research, is that interventions addressing high risk needsat these key points can facilitate reintegration and reduce reoffending, thereby increasing long-term public safety.

Critical to this approach are the principles that:

  • Interventions should begin in jail with the booking process and continue, as needed, throughout incarceration and upon release into the community.
  • Targeted and more intensive interventions should be used for medium- to high-risk offenders identified through the assessment process, as they are most likely to recidivate.
  • Interventions should be tailored to the specific needs, risks, and strengths of each individual.
  • In-jail intervention should be applied to both sentenced and pre-trial inmates.

This module discusses the:

  • Primary elements of targeted intervention strategies.
  • Benefits of using targeted intervention strategies to help people transitioning from jail to the community.
  • Research that supports the principles underlying targeted intervention strategies.

This module contains the following three sections:

  1. A Triage Approach to Targeted Interventions
  2. The Risk-Need-Responsivity Model for Assessment and Rehabilitation
  3. Terms Used in the Field

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Explain why targeted intervention strategies are needed.
  • Complete the Triage Matrix Implementation Tool.
  • Identify the key transition intervention strategies of the TJC's Implementation Roadmap.
  • Discuss the research that supports targeted intervention strategies.
  • Understand the risk-need-responsivity model for assessment and rehabilitation.