180 Degrees has been established to help meet the needs of communities, offenders, and local courts by providing groups and educational classes as a means of diversion from incarceration and the reduction of recidivism. Diversion is a part of the Restorative Justice Model. We also offer pretrial services to communities in an effort to lower the number of offenders incarcerated. Assessments, Counseling, Groups and Case Management are all offered as a part of our services.
The groups and educational opportunities offered by 180 Degrees are based upon Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), a cognitive-behavioral program that leads to enhance moral reasoning, better decision making, and more appropriate behavior. The unique nature of the MRT approach leads to increased program participation and completion. Published outcome studies have shown MRT-treated offenders have lower recidivism rates for periods as long as 10 years after treatment. MRT-treated offenders have rearrest and reincarceration rates that are 25% to 75% lower than nontreated peers.
All groups are conducted by facilitators who have completed a minimum of 32 hours of MRT training. They are supervised by licensed mental health professionals with a combined total of over 30 years experience working offender populations. All groups are open-ended, so individuals can enter at any time. Participants are provided with a workbook and are expected to complete homework. Facilitators use objective criteria to evaluate participants' successful completion of the program and communicate with Probation & Parole, the courts, attorneys, and other professionals as needed.
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