Contact: Kevin R. Malone
1399 American Pacific Dr.
Henderson, NV 89014
For further information on this program, contact Parole and Probation at (702) 486-3001.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2000
NEWS FROM: Parole and Probation 00-119
Innovative Prisoner Rehab Program to be Launched in Las Vegas
The Nevada Division of Parole and Probation and Nevada Business Services are spearheading a new, comprehensive effort to help at-risk prison inmates live a crime-free and productive lifestyle upon their release.
The Las Vegas Reentry Program is part of a national pilot project currently being launched in eight states. It is funded by a $300,000 grant from Weed and Seed, a program operated by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.
At first, Las Vegas Reentry will address the needs of non-violent offenders who are being released to the 89106 zip code in Las Vegas, which is the area surrounding the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Washington Avenue. Later plans call for expansion to the Meadows Village area and, eventually, to the entire valley.
Offenders in the program will become the co-author of their own transition plan before they are released from prison. A Prison Case Manager will help the inmate select the appropriate educational and rehabilitation services needed to help ensure a smooth transition to life on the outside.
Once the offender is released, a Community Case Manager and the Parole and Probation Supervising Officer will help the inmate implement his plan of continued services, employment, program compliance and no further criminal involvement.
The Las Vegas Reentry Project will have a staff of four and an oversight board. The Project Director, an Administrative Assistant and the Community Case Manager will be based at Nevada Business Services, which is also responsible for administering the grant funding. The Prison Case Manager and Supervising Officer will be based at their respective agencies.
The Las Vegas Reentry Program is a collaboration of many different federal, state and local agencies:
Nevada Governor's Office
Division of Parole and Probation
Clark County Div. of Child and Family Services
U.S. Attorneys Office
Clark County Social Services
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Nevada Business Services
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Las Vegas Mayor's Office
Community-Based Social Services
Nevada Department of Prisons
The Las Vegas Reentry Project is currently still in the formation stages. Formal Operations are expected to begin in June.