Arizona Revised Statutes § 31-281 Transition Program; Report

31-281. Transition program; report

A. The department shall establish a transition program. The department shall administer the transition program and contract with private or nonprofit entities to provide eligible inmates with transition services and shall procure transition services pursuant to title 41, chapter 23.

B. The director shall adopt rules to implement this article. The rules shall include:

1. Eligibility criteria for receiving a contracted entity's transition services. To be eligible, at a minimum, an inmate shall:

(a) Not have been convicted of a violation of title 13, chapter 14 or 17 or title 28, chapter 4.

(b) Be classified by the state department of corrections as a low risk to the community.

(c) Not have been convicted of a violent crime as defined in section 13-901.03 or a domestic violence offense pursuant to section 13-3601.

(d) Have a nonviolent risk score as determined by the department.

(e) Not have any felony detainers.

(f) Agree in writing to provide specific information after the inmate is released. The department shall use the information to prepare the report prescribed by subsection D, paragraph 3 of this section.

(g) Have made satisfactory progress on the inmate's individualized corrections plan as determined by the department.

(h) Have maintained civil behavior while incarcerated as determined by the department.

(i) Be current on restitution payments pursuant to section 31-254.

(j) Have a need and ability to benefit from the program as determined by the department.

2. A requirement that each contracted entity train mentors or certify that mentors are trained.

3. The services that may be offered to an inmate.

4. The criteria for inmates to participate in a three month early release program. Inmates are not required to receive an early release.

5. A requirement that an inmate may be released pursuant to this article only after the victim has been provided notice and an opportunity to be heard. The department shall provide notice to a victim who has provided a current address or other contact information. The notice shall inform the victim of the opportunity to be heard on the early release. Any objection to the inmate's early release must be made within twenty days after the department has mailed the notice to the victim.

C. In awarding contracts under this section the department shall comply with section 41-3751.

D. The department shall:

1. Conduct an annual study to determine the recidivism rate of inmates who receive a contracted entity's services pursuant to this article.

2. Evaluate the inmate and provide the information to the contracted entity.

3. Submit a written report to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives on or before July 31 of each year and provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state and the director of the Arizona state library, archives and public records. The report shall contain the following information:

(a) The recidivism rate of inmates who receive services pursuant to this article.

(b) The number of inmates who received services pursuant to this article.

(c) The number of inmates who were not provided services pursuant to this article and who were on a list waiting to receive services.

(d) The types of services provided.

(e) The number of inmates who received each type of service provided.

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