Reentry Court Track Sessions (6)



What is a Reentry Court?


Reentry courts are at last being recognized for their ability to focus communities on the essential monitoring and rehabilitation of returning offenders.  This session will provide an understanding  of the different statutory, jurisdictional, and structural issues existing for states nationwide.


 Learning Objectives

• Understand the legal basis of reentry courts;

• Recognize the variations among reentry courts


Moderator: Hon. Jeffery Tauber (ret.) [email protected]




Mike Brady, State Parole Manager, CA; [email protected]


Judge Chris Carpenter, Columbia, MO [email protected]


Mary Kay Hudson, IN AOC Administrator, [email protected]


Mellisa Knopp, OH AOC, [email protected]


Scott Johnson, Chief State Supervisor, MO Board of Probation and Parole, [email protected]




Building Reentry Court into a Community based System


Communities have already begun the development of reentry systems to deal with the returning offender. It will be necessary to work within existing community. This session will discuss community based reentry systems, funding and resourcing of reentry programs, and sharing decision-making within the community


Learning Objectives

Understand  how to access community funding

• Explore community resources for reentry courts:

• Understand your courts place within a community based reentry system







Julius Lang, Center for Court Innovation; Technical Assistance Director [email protected]




Judge Jose Salinas, Indianapolis; IN [email protected]


Judge Tim Hillman, Boston Federal Reentry court; [email protected]


Chris Watler, Court Coordinator, NYC, [email protected]


Michael Princivalli, Columbia/ Boone County MO Program Coordinator [email protected]


David Leitenberger, Mansfield Probation Administrator, OHIO [email protected]




Using Best Practices in Reentry Courts

Reentry/Drug Courts promise to transform drug courts into systems focusing on those offenders who need drug court the most, the high-risk substance abusing offender. But programs components necessary to work with this difficult  population are different from the those in the typical drug court. Learn the evience based practices that work best in dealing with this challenging population.


Learning Objective

• Learn what components have been proven effective in dealing with the high risk offender


John Creuzot, Dallas TX, john [email protected]


Teresa May Williams, Deputy Director, Dallas, [email protected]
















What works for the High risk serious offender: From their perspective

Hear what works for the serious offender from former  parole officers, and parolees, who have made it over the other side and are successfully working with parolees in the community.


Learning Objective

• The objectives of this session will be to learn what the parole officer and parolee thinks of the programs we construct and which are effective in turning parolees around.



 Hon. Jeffery Tauber (ret.) [email protected]


Parole graduates: To be announced






The Indiana Experience :  Allen County

Reentry efforts are about developing ways of channeling what we see as great human potential in positive directions, to help offenders become contributing members of their families and communities, to strengthen those families, to return healthy fathers and mothers to their children and to re-build healthy communities.  This session will share the success of one of the Reentry Courts in Indiana.  Learn how this program is addressing these offenders’ needs while providing a structured system of accountability and community safety.


Learning Objectives

Š          Learn the four essential elements of the Allen Reentry County.

Š          Understand the various partners and collaborators who assist with the program.

Š          Learn about the success and savings this program has generated.



Hon. John F. Surbeck Jr.





PA Board of Probation and Parole’s Reentry Court Program


Elaine Dougan