Reentry and Community Resources

Reentry is the release planning process all offenders will go through including the continuation of services from the Institution to the community. The goal of reentry is to increase public safety and reduce recidivism by developing a release plan that best fits the offender’s needs. This is achieved through the prioritized provision and coordination of services necessary to facilitate a seamless transition of an offender from an Institution to the community. This process starts when the individual enters the Institution and continues when they are released into the community.

Release planning includes several aspects such as treatment, housing, supervision, employment, education, healthcare, and other services. By assessing the individual’s risk for recidivism and treatment needs, a comprehensive transition plan will be developed. By assessing each individual’s risk to the community and establishing services based on identified needs, those with the highest risk will receive the highest level of services. Establishing services to address the offender's identified needs in the community is a collaborative effort between state and local agencies.

Offenders identified as medium and high risk/special needs will have Enhanced Case Management services. This includes additional release consultation, referrals, assistance with barriers to successful community transition, and additional case planning to address special needs and the individual’s risk. Enhanced Case Management also involves coordination with staff from the Institutions and Field Services working together on establishing a transition plan. Addressing the offender's needs through programming and services while in the Institution and continuing these services upon release will enhance the offender’s likelihood of success.

Institutional Reentry Services: (to name a few)

  • CDL physical assistance for renewal

  • Child Support Modification

  • Enhanced Case Management (ECM) for qualified inmates

  • Healthcare resources and prescription cards for release

  • Pre-Release curriculum for preparing for release

  • Reentry Specialists at each institution

  • Release planning (housing, referrals, etc.)

  • Resource Center for inmates to plan for community release

  • Resource Fairs to talk face-to-face with community providers

  • Social Security benefits for those that may qualify

  • Veteran outreach and services for release preparation

  • Vital records obtainment

Community Resources:

Who to Contact For More Information:

Justin Burkart

Reentry Program Manager

Wyoming Department of Corrections

1934 Wyott Drive, Suite 100

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307.777.3775