Housing Options for Formerly Incarcerated People (Department of Corrections)

Sarika Ram filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Georgia.
Multi Request Housing Options for Formerly Incarcerated People
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From: Sarika Ram


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Any informational and educational materials distributed in correctional facilities about housing options available to inmates post-release
-Any currently valid policies/procedures detailing Department reentry services specific to accessing housing options post-release
-Any statistical reports detailing admission and release trends from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any statistical reports detailing recidivism data from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any statistical reports regarding inmates' housing status prior to and following commitment to the Department from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017

Please provide materials from all state correctional facilities and on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarika Ram

From: Department of Corrections

Dear Ms. Ram,

The purpose of this correspondence is to respond to your Open Records Act requests received by the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) on October 26, 2018. GDC has reviewed your requests and determined the following:

Requests:

1. Any informational and educational materials distributed in correctional facilities about housing options available to inmates post-release.
2. Any currently valid policies/procedures detailing Department reentry services specific to accessing housing options post-release.
3. Any statistical reports detailing admission and release trends from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
4. Any statistical reports detailing recidivism data from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
5. Any statistical reports regarding inmates' housing status prior to and following commitment to the Department from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

Response:

1. Attached is the Reentry Handbook and Reentry Resource Manual that are available for offenders detailing among other things some housing options available to them.
2. The policy detailing GDC reentry services specific to accessing housing options post-release is Standard Operating Procedure 503.02 Reentry Pre and Post Release Planning. This policy along with others can be found on our public website here: http://gdc.ga.gov/content/503-Policy-Reentry.
503 Policy-Reentry | The Georgia Department of Corrections<http://gdc.ga.gov/content/503-Policy-Reentry>
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3. The statistical reports detailing admission and release trends from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 can be found on our public website here: http://gdc.ga.gov/Research/Reports.
Reports | The Georgia Department of Corrections<http://gdc.ga.gov/Research/Reports>
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This is the gateway to statistical information produced by GDC's Planning & Strategic Management section, as well as the agency's fiscal year reports produced by GDC's Office of Public Affairs.

4. The statistical reports detailing recidivism data from between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 can be found on our public website here: http://gdc.ga.gov/Research/Standing_Trends.
5. GDC does not track offenders housing status prior to and following commitment to the Department. However, also on our public website under the Inmate Statistical Profile there is information about the Home County - self reported at entry to prison. http://gdc.ga.gov/Research/Monthly_Profile_all_inmates.

Updated reports will be published on our public website as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jamila Coleman
Assistant Counsel
Georgia Department of Corrections
Office of Legal Services
Gibson Hall 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 1529
Forsyth, Georgia 31029
Email: Jamila.Coleman@gdc.ga.gov
Office Number: (478) 992-5228
Main Number: (478)-992-5240
Main Fax: (478)-992-5241

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