The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is contracting with Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel in launching a program to give hard-core inmates 90 days of intense attention before their release, according to the Associated Press. The program is intended to help steer convicts with serious criminal records away from their past activities, thus breaking the cycle of recidivism and reducing risk to the public.
A team of specialists will work with the convicts and faith-based organizations will be enlisted to help operate the program. Inmates with anger problems will get counseling and psychotropic drugs, if appropriate. The program is unique because the usual emphasis is on helping low-risk offenders, such as those convicted of minor drug crimes. “To us, this is a win-win,” Whetsel said. “They are going to hit the (Oklahoma City) streets, no matter what.”