Arizona corrections department to reorganize former inmate reentry programs

Apr 14, 2016, 5:00 AM | Updated: 11:55 am

Follow @CorbinCarson...

PHOENIX — A new division of the Arizona Department of Corrections will reorganize several programs and services to help former inmates reenter society.

The Division of Inmate Programs and Reentry will now be in charge of programs like Arizona Correctional Industries, Education, Counseling and Treatment Services, Religion, Reentry Planning and Community Corrections.

“The whole goal of that is to have the services together under one division, so that we can maximize the use of the resources we have and give inmates the tools and the opportunities to change,” said Division Director Karen Hellman.

Hellman said the division will ultimately aim to reduce the recidivism rate, which is determined by the amount of former inmates who return to the prison system.

The vast majority of inmates committed to corrections will return to the communities of Arizona upon their release, according to ADC. In 2015, the department released 19,773 inmates, most who served less than two years in custody.

“We’ll be better able to track the completion of programs and to get the right inmate, into the right program at the right time,” said Hellman, who has experience within ADC managing addiction, drug and alcohol treatment, sex offender treatment, and reentry programming.

By having Community Corrections under the same bureau with the programs that are inside the institution, inmates will help make each inmate’s programs and services more efficient, she said.

“That will facilitate a much better handoff in communication between our correctional officers inside who are working with the inmates,” she said, “And the community corrections officers in the community who are working with the inmates, so that there aren’t gaps in service.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

BASIS Peoria high school ranks best in the nation, US News says...

West Valley high school ranked as best in nation by US News

The newly released 2024 best high schools rankings from U.S. News declared the BASIS Peoria high school as the best in the nation.

6 hours ago

The American and Ukrainian flags wave in the wind outside of the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23, 2024...

Associated Press

Senate overwhelmingly passes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan with big bipartisan vote

The Senate has passed $95 billion in war aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, sending the legislation to Biden after months of delays.

8 hours ago

Expand Sky Harbor: Phoenix mayor announces terminal plans...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix city leaders want a new terminal at Sky Harbor Airport

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced city leaders' intentions to expand Sky Harbor International Airport during a Tuesday speech.

8 hours ago

Pages from the United Healthcare website are displayed on a computer screen, Feb. 29, 2024, in New ...

Associated Press

UnitedHealth says wide swath of patient files may have been taken in Change cyberattack

The company said after markets closed that it sees no signs that doctor charts or full medical histories were released after the attack.

9 hours ago

James LoMenzo, Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro attend SiriusXM's 'Trunk Nation' wit...

Damon Allred

‘Destroy All Enemies’ tour comes to Phoenix courtesy of metal band Megadeth

Heavy-rocking band Megadeth announced Tuesday a nationwide tour that stops in Phoenix in August with guests Mudvayne and All That Remains.

10 hours ago

Tuesday morning collision kills man...

Man run over while pushing shopping cart on Phoenix roadway

A man is dead after a Tuesday morning collision near 35th Avenue and Osborn Road, the Phoenix Police Department announced.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Arizona corrections department to reorganize former inmate reentry programs