RULE 159.00.13-001 - Alternative Transitional Housing (PATH) program

RULE 159.00.13-001. Alternative Transitional Housing (PATH) program

AR 8.2 PRISON ALTERNATIVE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING (PATH)

I. AUTHORITY. The Board of Corrections (BOC) is vested with the authority to promulgate this administrative regulation by Ark. Code Ann. ยงยง 12-27-105, 16-93-1203, 16-93-1205 and 16-93-1603.

II. APPLICABILITY. This policy applies to Department of Community Correction (DCC) and Department of Correction (DOC) employees and eligible offenders in their custody or under their supervision.

III. POLICY. It is BOC policy that DCC and DOC work collaboratively to assist in the placement/reentry of eligible offenders, following prison incarceration/confinement, to allow participation in DCC Prison Alternative Transitional Housing (PATH) to ensure a positive and safe environment for clients and for public safety, with the goal of reducing recidivism.

IV. CRITERIA FOR PATH HOUSING. Residency in PATH is voluntary. Applicants approved for transfer from a DOC or DCC facility to PATH must have made parole or transfer status and are being held in prison due to the lack of suitable housing.

V. PATH DESCRIPTION.

A. PATH provides a chemical, tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free housing environment for offenders who lack suitable housing and who have been approved by the Parole Board for release from DOC and DCC correctional facilities.

B. PATH tenants have the obligation of paying rent and handling responsibilities. Failure to pay rent subjects the tenant to removal from the housing.

C. PATH oversight, supervision and case management will be provided by a Parole/Probation Officer exclusively assigned. DCC Community Correction Center (CCC) monitoring will be conducted by P/P or CCC staff.

D. Visitation from non-tenants is not allowed at the PATH facility.

E. Tenants must maintain or be seeking employment or in school.

F. Except when carried by law enforcement officers, firearms and other weapons are not allowed on the PATH premises.

G. The PATH drug and alcohol-free environment will be enforced.

H. Tenants are allowed to have vehicles, and parking is provided, subject to license and appropriate insurance coverage.

VI. APPLICATION AND RULES. An application and rules concerning living activity and provisions must be developed and posted in areas accessible to the tenants. The rules will address DCC services, responsibilities, meals, laundry, medical, legal, telephone, transportation, housekeeping, grounds, compliance, security, and others. PATH tenants must sign and adhere to rules established for the facility.

Board Approval Date: April 1, 2013

Reference: 159

Effective Date: July 15, 2013

(6/11/2013)

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