Program Services is a unit within the Georgia Department of Corrections mandated to reduce recidivism by providing research-based programs.
- Provide constitutionally mandated or legally required programs
- Implement evidence-based programs that target crime-producing behavior
- Focus on changing criminal thinking and reducing criminal behavior
- Standardize "best correctional practices" in Georgia
How are offenders identified and selected for interventions?
An assessment process identifies an offender's risks and needs.
Why is assessment important?
- Assessment provides objective and empirically validated evaluations of an offender's risk/needs.
- Assists in decision-making processes regarding placement, security levels, and case planning.
- Addresses the offender’s risk/needs and matches the offender to the identified level of services.
- To ensure high risk/need offenders are prioritized for services.
- To ensure high and low risk/need offenders are programmed separately.
What is the current risk/needs assessment?
The Next Generation Assessment (NGA) is an automated program assessment instrument based on data currently found within SCRIBE – CHRI (GCIC) – PAROLE databases. Results:
- Match offender to programming based on results of assessment
- Separate Risk/Need Scales for male and female offenders
- Update the programming referral list
- Generate Offender Program Plan
- Scoring is based on Risk/Need Matrix
NGA is a reliable predictor; however, each scale is a screener not a full blown assessment therefore some offenders with indicators of more serious needs will require other assessment to follow-up on identified risk factors.
What are the primary targets of effective offender interventions?
- Criminal thinking
- Substance use
What is the fiscal benefit of implementing interventions that target crime-producing behavior?
Reduction in recidivism results in a savings to the taxpayers of potentially millions of dollars.
Who are our partners?
- Federal agencies
- State and county agencies
- Non-profit and community-based organizations
Donna Tebought, Director, Office of Reentry Services
Inmate Services Division