State of Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) was awarded funding by the United
States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Second Chance
Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program Grant to
support efforts in developing a comprehensive, data-driven strategic plan with
measurable benchmarks. Nevada’s planning and capacity building began with
Governor Sandoval’s Executive Order (E.O.) 2011-25 to establish the Statewide
Re-Entry Task Force. This task force included key stakeholders and policy
makers statewide whom have a direct impact on the reentry process. The E.O.
developed a collaborative decision-making body with a detailed planning process
and structure ensuring clear expectations from all team members. Through the
Re-Entry Task Force and the Steering Committee developed from the Task Force,
Nevada worked to develop a data-driven approach for recidivism reduction
through goal-setting; identifying valid and reliable data; target populations;
and programming initiatives. By assessing current recidivism reduction policies
and providing a gap assessment on current programs, Nevada is better positioned
to develop a checklist driven policy, with quality reviews, assessments, and
plans for corrective action programming. These efforts combined have worked to
develop the five-year strategic plan proposal that includes efforts for a
comprehensive sustainability plan.
utilized the technical assistance provided by the Second Chance Grant and the
National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices, to adopt best
practices and philosophies into Nevada’s Statewide Five Year Re-entry Strategic
Plan. This plan has support from the Governor, the Legislature, Executive
Departments, and community organizations that have a role in re-entry. The
strategic plan works to improve the process by which individuals are prepared
for release; develops re-entry initiatives that focus on building social
relationship and improving access to community-based services and supports;
raises the profile of re-entry programs to focus on public safety and not
solely a correction issues; and provided support mechanisms for employment,
housing, as well as mental and physical health.
Nevada’s strategic plan provides a road map for opportunities;
education and wrap-around support to the individual reducing the chances of
returning to prison. The NDOC will be the lead working with social service and
justice partners to annually review and update the strategic plan. Partners
will include state, local, and direct service providers from across the state
to focus on resources for individuals released from prison to: 1) provide a
continuum of care for individuals as they transition from prison-based
treatment programs to community-based programs; 2) assist the individuals in
obtaining gainful employment; 3) develop a state-wide, cross-discipline,
evidence-based model to target individuals who are at the highest
risk of recidivating; and 4) provide regular review of performance measures and
evaluation to allow for corrective actions.
incorporated data sets and information from intake, to post release, and will
evaluate the location of offenders by region, socio-economic status, and need
for services. Data sets will include ethnic, geographical, socio-economic,
offenses, substance abuse history, and other key data
traits to ensure that longitudinal data is maintained and is consistent to
identify which populations and sub-populations respond to specific strategies.
The additional data sets include evaluating the Bureau of Justice Studies (BJS)
data collection results. This will ensure continued data-driven evaluations to
support evidence-based practices and to make adjustments as required.
of the Nevada Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan is to provide
strategic guidance to measure the benchmarks of public programming working to
empower transitioning citizens to the community, through re-entry,
self-sufficiency and public safety strategies.
Nevada will engage public, private, non-profit, faith-based and
community partners, as well as citizens in Nevada for input on
decision-making, planning, and integrate cross-agency efforts.
Nevada will make timely decisions that are cost-effective and
efficient. Nevada will work to produce the highest level of public safety and
greatest community benefit.
Nevada will use evidence-based practices (current, accurate,
valid and reliable data) to prioritize and enhance the value of actions.
Nevada will work with research institutions, other states, and
national organizations to foster creativity to meet challenges and identify
opportunities for improvements.
Nevada will exhibit honest and straightforward values with all
citizens, state partners, agencies and national organizations.
Strategic Plan will provide benefits directly to the community:
● Public safety will
increase as criminal incentive decreases;
● Saving the taxpayers
money from Fees caused by recidivism for police, county jail, public defenders,
district attorney, courts and transportation with guards to these areas;
● Reduced cost through a
reduction in recidivism rates (example: average of $24,000 per year for the
cost of incarceration pre inmate – 29% current recidivism rate); and
Grow state and federal resources by increasing the tax-paying potential of the
● A structured re-entry
program, with appropriate services, is a legitimate community safety strategy;
● People can change if
given the opportunity and resources;
● People must be held
● Change and innovation
are positive and necessary;
● Targeting those
offenders most at-risk will have the most impact;
● Targeting multiple
criminogenic risk/need areas will lead to the best outcome;
● Case management is the
heart of the work - it must be targeted and individualized;
● Re-entry is a community
issue- crucially important to local government;
● Neighborhood and victim
representatives will have a voice in the re-entry process;
● Systems integration and
collaboration is necessary for sustained success in connecting transitioning
offenders to necessary support and services;
● Programs and practices
must adhere to evidence-based approaches;
● Information systems must
support the work through shared data between agencies and organizations;
Every person matters and deserves the opportunity to succeed.