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In 2007, 180 Degrees, Inc.ís Adult Residential Program served over 250 men re-entering communities from prison. Of the over 250 men who enter 180 Degrees, Inc. residential program over 60% graduate from the sixty day program with both employment and housing.
Since 1973, 180 Degrees, Inc. has served men re-entering communities from correctional facilities in our residential half-way house program. Each year over 200 men walk through the doors, on their way to a fresh start in the community. Not all of them succeed, but those who do are re-entering their communities with steady employment, sobriety and a stable place to live. 180 Degrees, Inc.ís goal is to offer accountability, support and opportunity to residents. The transition from a secure locked facility often proves the most difficult time for offenders. By holding offenders accountable while helping create opportunities, 180 Degrees, Inc. helps ensure public safety.
Residential client volunteering at soup kitchen
The length of stay for most residents is 60 days. To successfully graduate from the sixty-day program clients must maintain sobriety, obtain employment and find approved, adequate housing. Approximately 70% of clients who participate in 180 Degrees, Inc.ís residential program find employment and housing.back to top
Non-Residential Alternative Program (NAP)
NAP is a non-residential program for males and females on parole or probation. The purpose of NAP is to provide a short-term community alternative to residential placement or revocation for clients under community correctional supervision. The program is a sixty day community accountability program. NAP provides an additional layer of supervision, structure, and monitoring for clients who are experiencing difficulties in the community, but whose circumstances do not warrant a long term, costly correctional response. NAP staff provide daily case management and accountability. NAP Case Managers help clients with employment and sobriety through community referrals and individualized support. NAP staff offer face-to-face day reporting contacts, employment assistance through referral, job leads, mock interviews, and employment retention support, employment verification and monitoring of attendance, community resource referrals, random UAís and BAís, and curfew monitoring.back to top
Offender Employment and Housing Services
SKILLS OFFENDERS NEED IN THE COMMUNITY (SONIC)
180 Degrees, Inc.ís SONIC program provides services to individuals re-entering the community from correctional facilities and other residents from the community facing barriers to employment and housing as a result of a criminal conviction. In the last twenty years Minnesotaís penal population has increased four-fold. The expansion of the penal population has resulted in increasingly large numbers of individuals returning to communities with limited job skills and employment history. The vast majority of these ex-offenders are returning to communities least equipped to absorb this growing population.
Employment is crucial to the successful re-entry of the formerly incarcerated population. Employment not only provides economic opportunity, but also serves as a crucial mechanism of socialization and pro-social connection. Employment creates stability for individuals and the communities to which they return. Mutual bonds of assistance are fostered when employment is secured.
Many SONIC clients are re-entering the community after spending time incarcerated or placed out of the home. They have limited work histories and are often prime candidates for entry level and manual labor jobs where they can develop a work history and establish pro-social connections within the community. This effort to help both juvenile and adult ex offenders develop the skills, jobs, and homes they need to be successful in the community is consistent with the good work already being done in both cities. We recognize that many ex offenders are re- entering the greater metropolitan area. To the extent that we help them succeed in maintaining a law-abiding life style, we contribute to greater public safety.back to top