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  • Welcome to the NIC Transition from Prison to the Community Web Site

    In recent years, correctional agencies across the nation have been focused upon the challenge of safely transitioning a growing number of offenders from prison to the community. Beginning in 2001, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), part of the US Department of Justice, launched its Transition from Prison to the Community (TPC) Initiative, to bring the best of practical thinking and research knowledge to this issue. NIC’s goal was to articulate a comprehensive and strategic approach to transition that would incorporate the lessons of evidence-based practice, emphasize the importance of collaboration, and provide a practical tool for corrections agencies to utilize.

    The result has been the creation of the Transition from Prison to the Community (TPC) Model, and the significant accomplishments of eight states who have worked with NIC to implement and adapt the model to the realities of day-to-day operations. These eight states (GA, IN, MI, MO, ND, NY, OR, RI ), working with the support of NIC-funded technical assistance, and guided by the TPC Model, have made significant progress in enhancing their reentry practices to bring about increased community safety through successful offender reentry.

    In 2008, the National Institute of Corrections and the Center for Effective Public Policy published The TPC Reentry Handbook: Implementing the NIC Transition from Prison to the Community Handbook. The Handbook provides an overview of the accomplishments of the eight states noted above and a full description of the TPC Model. A central component of this Web site is a web–formatted version of the handbook, designed to increase availability of the Handbook’s information and to aid navigation through the material.

    The Web site also features a secure section for registered users (for 2009 NIC TPC technical assistance grantees), as well as reentry related documents and information and links to other reentry resources for the general public.

    National Institute of Corrections

    www.nicic.gov/TPCModel

    The Center for Effective Public Policy