Jail/Prison Survey

1) 2010. Develop domestic violence intervention and healthy relationships programming for correctional facilities targeted toward the needs of the newer inmate as well as those who are preparing for reentry. Do not limit access to these services to those who are incarcerated specifically for domestic violence related offenses.
2) 2010. Provide a parenting needs assessment upon intake to a state facility and encourage inmate to utilize programming that addresses the identified needs while incarcerated. A similar assessment can be used during release planning to ensure the inmate has the skills necessary to parent minor children upon release as well as access to community resources to support positive parenting skills.
3) 2012. In consultation with Child Protection and representatives from the correctional facility, implement a process for determining when, or if, an inmate incarcerated for offenses against a child may have contact with children.
4) 2012. In developing a programming plan for offenders, consider violence against family members as a predictor of future abusive behavior in relationships, and offer appropriate referrals for intervention programming.
5) 2012. Integrate screening for domestic violence history and risk, through offender self-report, validated risk assessment tools, and a review of criminal history, into the intake and release planning process.
6) 2012. Jail and prison personnel should check for Orders for Protection at booking or intake and enforce them by blocking calls, letters and visits. Make information on means to block calls and contact available to the person who petitioned for the order.
7) 2012. Provide opportunity and encouragement for inmates incarcerated for violence against a family member to access programming in parenting and domestic violence intervention. Further, make programming of this type available in all Minnesota Department of Corrections prison facilities.
8) 2015. The Team sees a need for resources to be dedicated to enforce violations of OFPs, HROs, NCOs, and DANCOs when inmates contact petitioners, or protected parties, from jail.
9) 2017. Develop partnership to provide access to free psychological assessment/evaluation by non-profit providers in jails, at probation offices, and other locations frequented by those who may be required by the court to undergo assessment but do not have the funds to access the services.
10) 2017. Offer resource for intervention services related to domestic abuse for all parties involved, including children, even in the absence of prosecution or conviction to promoting the resource as harm reduction rather than punitive consequence. Referrals can be offered at any contact including upon release from jail.