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What is TPCI?

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Partnering for Fewer Crimes, Less Victims, & Safer Communities.

The Transition from Prison to Community Initiative (TPCI) is an evidence-based reentry initiative begun by the National Institute of Corrections in 2001, which comprises a model and implementation strategy.

  • The TPCI model, if fully implemented, represents the best thinking and evidence about how to manage transition and reentry successfully for community safety and reduced victimization.

  • Three Phases consisting of:

    • Phase One - Getting Ready
    • Phase Two - Going Home
    • Phase Three - Staying Home

  • Seven Decision Points consisting of:

    • Assessment & Classification
    • Behavior & Programming
    • Release Preparation
    • Release Decision Making
    • Supervision & Services
    • Revocation Decision Making
    • Discharge & Aftercare

How did TPCI Begin?

In the early part of the 21st century, the United States saw an unprecedented growth in the prison population from the shift from rehabilitation to incapacitation, which resulted in large number of offenders reentering communities across the nation. Two-thirds of these individuals returned to prison within three years as a result of new crime or violation of supervision. During this same period of time, many states and jurisdictions were facing significant budget shortfalls. During 2001 and 2002, National Institute of Corrections (NIC) convened five workgroups made-up of practitioners, researchers, and policy experts in an effort to intervene and break this costly cycle. The workgroups met periodically and debated lessons emerging from the field and promising research that could help reshape this practice. The result of the workgroups is the Transition from Prison to Community Initiative (TPCI).

What does TPCI have to do with Florida?

The Department of Corrections is implementing the TPC Model in Florida through technical assistance provided by the Center for Effective Policy and North Pointe. TPCI will be the road map for reentry in Florida.

How is Florida implementing TPCI?

Florida created two teams and series of focus groups to begin the implementation of TPCI in Florida:

Core Team

  • The purpose of the core team is to provide leadership, direction, authority, resources, and decision-making.
  • The core team's activities are establishing a vision, chartering implementation teams and focus groups, providing goals, and setting priorities, as well as reviewing proposals for change.
  • The core team is made up of Department of Corrections and Parole Commission Leadership

Implementation Team

  • The purpose of the implementation team is to present information and recommendations to the core team to support the vision and mission.
  • The implementation team's activities are conducting information-gathering, analysis, and development of proposed priorities, changes, shifts in policy and practice, and implementing the decision of the core team.
  • The implementation team is made up of field staff, regional staff, and central office staff from the Department of Corrections and the Parole Commission. These staff members are subject matter experts that coincide with the three Phases and seven Decision Points of the TPCI Model.

Focus Groups

  • The purpose of the focus group is to organize and conduct events to seek input or disseminate information about transition and reentry efforts, developing specific campaigns or strategies for community and agency education.
  • The membership will be dependent on the subject – it will include all relevant stakeholders and subject matter experts, as well as at least one member of the implementation team.