The featured speaker during CRESC's April 2017 meeting was Luis Resto. Resto serves as the Deputy Director of Programs and Administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Bureau of Community Corrections (PA DOC BCC). Resto presented an overview of the role of the Bureau of Community Corrections in the successful reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. Resto described the trends and changes within community corrections over the past 30 years as well as the impact of Act 122 on community corrections. Resto also discussed methods of combating the heroin epidemic in community corrections facilities including increasing reentrant engagement with drug and alcohol treatment providers in the community as well as increasing drug interdiction efforts throughout community corrections facilities. Resto discussed both similarities and differences between community corrections facilities; highlighting the implementation of the Universal Set of Rules as a large similarity throughout community corrections facilities in Pennsylvania and identifying differences in missions and reentrant populations as individual facility characteristics. More information about the PA DOC's Bureau of Community Corrections can be found here. CRESC would like to thank Mr. Resto for sharing his afternoon with us!
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