RULE 004.00.20-041 - AR 1210 Pre-Release Program

RULE 004.00.20-041. AR 1210 Pre-Release Program


The authority of the Board of Corrections to promulgate this administrative rule is vested in Act 50 of 1968, First Extraordinary Session.


The purpose of this administrative rule is to make available to inmates information and assistance in release planning; to provide each inmate the opportunity to discuss anxieties and solve problems relating to his or her release and future adjustment; and to describe the prerelease programming available.


This administrative rule applies to all staff and especially those involved in the pre-release selection and/or program; and inmates eligible for release.


Pre-Release Program: This shall be defined as a program within the Department of Correction designed to give information to inmates to help them make a successful transition from the Department back to the community.


It shall be the policy of the Department of Correction to provide inmates the opportunity to participate in a program designed specifically to prepare the inmate for release from the Department.


Programs to prepare inmates for release may include, but will not be limited to, the following: lectures and discussions that address the concerns of soon-to-be released inmates; and, individual counseling that focuses on each inmate's particular needs.

A. Pre-Release Coordinator

A Pre-Release Coordinator shall be designated and shall be responsible for maintaining and monitoring a current list of inmates who are eligible for the pre-release program. The transfer of inmates to a designated pre-release program shall be coordinated through the Pre-Release Coordinator.

B. Eligibility Criteria for Pre-Release

1. All inmates selected to participate in the program should not be more than the maximum number of days as established by the appropriate administrative directive from their parole/transfer eligibility or discharge date.

2. Additional specific eligibility criteria shall be identified in the appropriate administrative directive.

3. The transfer of the inmate to a pre-release program must be approved by the unit Classification Committee.

C. Release Procedures

1. Pre-Release staff will coordinate with institutional parole officers and institutional release officers and field officers to assure a continuity of parole services for each inmate scheduled to be released from the program on parole.

2. The Pre-Release staff will be responsible to the warden/center supervisor of the pre-release unit/center for assisting as necessary in the release of inmates assigned to the program.

Board Approval Date: 08/23/2006

Effective Date: 05/30/2007

(Adopted by Arkansas Register Volume MMXXI Number 7, Effective 5/30/2007)

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