PFR was recognized by the Missoula City Council on Nov. 24, 2014 as an organization providing civic benefits and contributing to the welfare of the community.
Resolution Number 7923
Resolution Approving the City of Missoula as a “Partner for Reintegration” with the Montana Department of Corrections, recognizing the civic benefits of preventing recidivism, reducing future victims of crime and increasing public safety by developing increased access to housing, jobs, treatment, social and family relationships for previously incarcerated individuals.
WHEREAS, the City of Missoula is committed to the goal of creating a safe, healthy and thriving community in which all willing and able citizens can find safe housing, employment, health care and social supportive connections; and
WHEREAS, the City of Missoula partners with numerous private and public entities to achieve this goal by involving and educating community organizations, faith congregations, agencies, businesses, volunteers and citizens; and
WHEREAS, 40% of offenders nationwide return to state prisons within three years of being released; and
WHEREAS, if states could reduce their recidivism rates by just 10 percent, they could save more than $635 million combined in one year alone in averted prison costs; and
WHEREAS, 76 % of admissions to Montana Correctional Facilities in 2012 were a result of technical violations and not new felonies, and
WHEREAS, as Montana’s second largest city, Missoula's receives a large percentage of citizens returning from incarceration, and WHEREAS, the community can directly encourage successful community reintegration of previously incarcerated individuals, thereby preventing recidivism by ensuring that these returning citizens have opportunities to access safe housing, gainful and sustainable employment, substance abuse and mental health treatment, supportive social relationships and support for family reintegration; and
WHEREAS, Missoula in particular among Montana municipalities lacks secure, affordable housing for many reentering individuals, especially those convicted of violent or sexual offenses, thus increasing the likelihood of recidivism, homelessness and unsafe community conditions; and
WHEREAS, the Montana Dept. of Corrections is launching a new comprehensive statewide Re-Entry Initiative with the support of the Legislature in December of 2014, based on partnering with local communities to leverage and unite community resources toward the common goal of successful reintegration laid forth by Missoula Partners for Reintegration; and
WHEREAS, the Montana Department of Corrections will be working with selected Montana communities beginning in spring 2015 to initiate community partnerships and develop a community-based response to the DOC Re-Entry Initiative.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Missoula hereby recognizes the civic benefits of preventing recidivism, reducing future victims of crime and increasing public safety by developing increased access to housing, jobs, treatment, social and family relationships for previously incarcerated individuals; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Missoula joins in the local efforts and promotes the collaborations and coalitions occurring on the local level within Missoula Partners for Reintegration; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Missoula City Council will designate a representative to the Missoula Partners for Reintegration leadership steering committee.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 24th day of November, 2014.
ATTEST: APPROVED: _________________________________ _____________________________________ Martha L. Rehbein, CMC John Engen City Clerk Mayor