New Services To Curb Recidivism In Westchester Jails

Interactive journalingOn January 1, 2019, Hudson Valley Community Services launched a new program at the Westchester County Jail–a venue that we haven’t been to in a long time. Back then we were doing HIV prevention work, but this new program is entirely different. The goal of our Cognitive Behavioral Intervention program, known as CBI, is to help people who have been in and out of jail several times in the course of their lives to take stock, examine their past behavior, and begin to map out a future that allows them to reach their full potential.

Two HVCS employees run four-week interactive journaling groups for inmates with high rates of recidivism, along with individual interventions and transitional planning. The sessions guide inmates through a process to sift through their past, then learn and practice strategies for self-change. Participants will learn how to challenge and change their self-talk and practice decision-making and problem-solving skills.

HVCS is excited to be offering this new program for yet another marginalized group of people often cast aside by society. The program is funded by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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