|Pathways For Change||Typical Corrections Intervention|
|$30 per day||$40-$70 per day|
|70% success rate||32% success rate|
|30% recidivism rate||68% recidivism rate|
|Empirically validated treatment strategies||Punishment modality|
|Intervention with inmates family||Inmate returns to old lifestyle|
Pathways For Change is a strategic plan that stops the cycle of release and re-arrest.
Chief Executive Officer, Connie Bookman, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer, Chris Collins
MRT Director, Brunie Emmanuel
MRT Program Manager, Becky Garthwaite, MSW
MRT Case Management Coordinator, John Burke, BSW
Administration, Mary Windholz
Human Resources and Payroll, Landrum Professional Services
Accounting Services, Ginny Stevens, CPA, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Addictions Treatment Counselors; Security Monitors; Teachers; medical care; psychiatric care; medication; drug testing; dental care; job training; nutritious meal supplements; inmate uniforms; textbooks/workbooks; general office supplies, telephone, internet, travel and staff training, public relations, community events.
PFC clients are non-violent, non-sex-offenders, court ordered to the 9-18 month addictions treatment program housed in a minimal security setting at the County Work Release Center. Inmates arrive quarterly and enroll in 12-week sessions, much like a college atmosphere. Phase 1 provides basic life skills such as Anger Management and Rational Self Counsel; Phase 2 classes emphasize the 12 step recovery process and job readiness skills. Phase 3 men are required to fulfill three days of community service to “give back” to Escambia County, and 3 days of class work focusing on recovery maintenance. Phase 4 men are transitioning to work and/or school. Heavily case managed by PFC Staff and County Probation, the activities of the recovering client are monitored as they reenter our community. These Phase 4 clients return to the dorm in the evenings, after work, school and community based recovery meetings, such as A.A. and N.A. The clinical team continues to review the client’s comprehension of new skills, and may allow the client to live at home, returning for recovery meetings and drug screening in the last 3-6 months of their sentence.
Since 2005, PFC staff and partners have come to understand the direct command, “take care of my sheep”. Sheep, if they wander from their flock, are truly lost. They have no internal compass and cannot find their way. National publications report stories of pets that find their way home, even when separated by hundreds of miles. Sheep simply do not have that capacity. You can beat them and punish them, but that will not alter their lack of aptitude or understanding to get on track. The Sheppard has to go looking for them and physically bring them back to the fold. That is the work of Pathways For Change and our dedicated partners. Criminals who recidivate, simply can’t change on their own. They will continue their destructive path and cost tax-payers millions of dollars each year. It takes a host of people to create such a change. It takes dedication and a vision beyond oneself; we have to do this work to keep our community safe.