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This empowering set of videos helps reduce recidivism and takes offenders step-by-step through the transition from incarceration to community integration. Candid interviews with professionals and ex-offenders offer a unique perspective on what offenders should expect to face throughout their journey from incarceration back into society.
Offenders learn what steps to take before their release, what actions are essential to a smooth and successful transition, how to prevent relapses, overcome barriers, and more.
Countdown to Freedom is customized by gender and addresses the unique needs of male and female viewers.
Preparation for Release: Part One
The first video in the series focuses on changing the mindset of offenders. Professionals and former offenders discuss strategies for creating change in one's life, how to make those changes happen, and how to surround oneself with people and events that breed success.
Preparation for Release: Part Two
Offenders learn how to create a proactive plan of action for their reentry into society and access "Outside the Walls" assistance. Professionals and former offenders discuss the importance of pre-release planning and how to do it.
Day of Release
For some offenders the day of release can be one of the most terrifying events of the entire incarceration period. This video discusses what offenders should expect on the day of their release and the actions they can take in their first 30 to 60 days after release to increase their chances of making a successful transition from incarceration to society. Former offenders offer guidance on how to plan ahead, surround oneself with positive people, and move toward community integration.
Release and Beyond: Lifestyle Changes
It is imperative that offenders change in regard to their patterns of behavior if they are truly interested in being free. This video encourages offenders to evaluate their behavior and the factors that influence it, and to develop specific strategies to persevere in overcoming barriers.
Release and Beyond: Relapse Triggers
Upon their release, all offenders are subject to facing relapse. This video helps offenders understand what factors may trigger their relapse and how to avoid and replace those triggers. Finally, viewers are introduced to rationale self-counseling as a means of helping them see circumstances clearly.
Release and Beyond: Support Systems
Offenders learn how to develop support systems of people who can hold them accountable for their actions and get them off to a positive start. Successful offenders, community leaders, and service providers discuss the help available to offenders and techniques for developing these support systems in communities where they may not currently exist.
Length: 15–30 minutes each
Format: DVD Series