Morgan Moss of the Center for Therapeutic will speak about The Community Model in Corrections at Southside Regional Jail to members of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at Noon. Guests start arriving at 11:30 a.m. so they can socialize and network before the monthly luncheon at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.
“This is a re-entry program dedicated to reducing recidivism by changing the culture of incarceration. We are excited that Morgan will be joining us. He has a powerful story to tell,” said Executive Director Nancy Rose, noting that in addition, that the 2017 Chamber directors will be recognized along with Title Sponsors.
To reserve a spot at the luncheon or to find out more about how the Chamber can promote your business call the Chamber at (434) 634-9441.
The Community Model is a Re-Entry Program of the Community Model Association of America, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) dedicated to bring the Community Model into the U.S. criminal justice system as a human service to reduce recidivism by changing the culture of incarceration.
The Community Model program begins with support from the jail administration and an invitation to all those incarcerated to join. Those who volunteer to participate move to a designated living unit within the institution.
Specific activities, supplemented by the best multi-media and written resources available for this population, encouraging candid and honest dialogue among peers, are scheduled for 12 hours a day within this 24/7 designated living unit.
Together they assume responsibility for their personal outcomes, learn new tools for communication, behavior, and changing themselves internally -- essentially “re-parenting” themselves. Their work is done sitting in a circle and in small groups led by volunteer inmate mentors.
Participant-led community meetings deal with deconstructive and constructive behavior, addressing matters of civility, recovery from addictive behaviors, and self-limiting beliefs.
The sense of belonging, contribution, empowerment, and equality in this well-established process leads to higher levels of ownership, motivation, participation, positive attitude, and hard work as the community constantly builds and matures, he said. The community’s democratic principles and norms often exceed those of our society-at-large and are continued in the outside world by ex-offenders upon their release.
The institution and correctional staff benefit from an unparalleled enhancement of the safe and orderly operation of their facility.
This model costs approximately one-fourth of traditional treatment, is open to all inmates, and reduces the recidivism rate from 50 to 14 percent….considered among the highest positive results in the nation.