Letter from the Commissioner
For the Indiana Department of Correction, 2022 was a year of significant accomplishments and a change in leadership. I want to sincerely thank my predecessor, Commissioner Rob Carter, for his committed service. We made incredible progress under his direction, and I’m proud to continue building on that solid foundation.
As we move forward, I want to focus on creating a workplace culture where everyone feels welcome, supported, and valued. Our staff are the backbone of the department, and they deserve our unwavering support.
Investing in our staff will be a top priority. As the correctional landscape evolves, we must stay adaptive and resilient to meet the challenges ahead. At the same time, we need to be preparing the next generation of leaders to take charge of this agency. We need to equip staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their current roles as well as in the future.
The health and wellness of our staff are also very important. Working in corrections can be emotionally taxing and we need to provide the resources our staff need to continue to do their jobs. Our strategy will be to grow our programs that support both physical and mental health and offer new options and resources to address staff needs.
We will not waver from our commitment to ensuring public safety and assisting in the rehabilitation of those who are incarcerated. We continue to strive for successful reintegration for all re-entering citizens through partnerships with our communities and evidence-based programs.
Transparency and open communication are essential to building trust, and we will continue to engage with all stakeholders, including our staff, incarcerated population, valued partners, and Hoosiers across the state.
Thank you for being a part of what we do,
Christina Reagle, Commissioner
Of those individuals released in 2019, 29.79% were recommitted to the IDOC within three years of their release date, for either a new conviction or a violation of post-release supervision.
Those individuals who participated in a work release program were 47.72% less likely to return to prison when compared to individuals who did not partake in a work release program.
Work Release Programs
The younger the individuals is at the time they are released, the more likely they are to return to the IDOC.
Age at Release
Moreover, individuals serving less than 5 years with IDOC represent approximately 61.54% of all recidivists.
Length of Sentence
Individuals who had zero conduct violations during their incarceration period were 36.79% less likely to recidivate when compared to those who had at least one conduct violation.
Individuals who received visits from family or friends while incarcerated were 22.68% less likely to recidivate compared to those who did not receive any visits.
Division of Re-entry Services
Total Certifications Earned in 2022
Employer-Desired Certifications Earned
High Demand Job Training Certifications Earned
Incarcerated Individual Issued Certifications
Case Plan Credit Time
In 2022, the Case Plan Credit Time (CPCT) program was implemented. The transition to CPCT allows the IDOC to better prepare the incarcerated population to return to local communities. CPCT offers a multidisciplinary approach to programming, incentivizing the incarcerated individual’s behavior that reduces criminogenic risk factors, increasing their likelihood of not returning to incarceration upon release. Facility staff completed over 37,500 reviews, with our analyst processing almost 32,000. As a result, 374,079 days of additional earned credit time was given to incarcerated individuals across the state.
Re-Entry Simulations Across the State
To further prepare incarcerated individuals for release back into their community, re-entry monitors from Central Office ensured that all facilities hosted at least one re-entry simulation in 2022 and increasing that number to two for 2023. Developed by partners at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and adapted for IDOC facilities, these simulations showcase the challenges of returning to the community in a unique, interactive, and fun way. Staff also participate in the simulation’s game-like structure.
The Duke Energy Foundation awarded HIRE a $250,000 grant to provide educational opportunities for formerly incarcerated citizens and businesses, alleviating barriers to successful employment and developing new partnerships.
The grant, which runs through August 2023, aids HIRE focus with:
- Direct client services: educational opportunities to skill up HIRE’s client workforce to meet business needs, including clean energy installation, and partnering with non-profits to assist with barriers formerly incarcerated citizens face, such as housing and transportation
- Direct business services: assisting with recruitment, retention and hiring, and providing training on how to best work with individuals to promote success
- Re-entry focused alliances: develop partnerships to support successful re-entry and long-term employment
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Grant
The Community Corrections Divisions is now in its second year implementing the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Grant. The Innovations in Supervision Initiative grant is designed to improve community supervision and reduce recidivism. This project allows the state to not only evaluate Community Corrections agencies in Indiana, but to also provide a roadmap for the agencies to build on practices and assist with areas for growth. Community Corrections is using an instrument developed by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute, the Correctional Program Checklist-Community Supervision Agency (CPC-CSA) tool.
The Community Corrections (CC) Division staff worked to coordinate, communicate, and execute the goals and objectives for this project. Staff facilitated meetings with state level executives, attended and presented at CC Advisory Board Meetings, presented at conferences, and had countless calls and meeting with grantees to share information and help alleviate any concerns.
The third year of implementation promises to be even busier year, with 57 assessments to be completed, as well as additional task force meetings, and initiating the data collection phase of the validation study.
2022 Grant Funding Awards
The Department of Correction (IDOC) annually awards grants to counties encouraging them to develop a coordinated local corrections-criminal justice system and providing effective alternatives to imprisonment at the state level. In 2022, the following entities were awarded grant funding under the Community Corrections and Justice Reinvestment Grant. Grants awarded must focus on funding evidence-based programs, including programs that utilize cognitive behavioral interventions and have a primary goal of reforming justice involved individuals by working in a collaborative manner with local criminal justice agencies.
Division of Parole Services
Growing Our Team
Across the state, 30 parole agents were promoted to the newly created ‘Parole Agent II’ position. This new position was developed to create promotional opportunities and upward mobility within the division. The Parole Agent II position creates an intermediate position between the assistant district supervisor and Parole Agent III. Those serving in the Parole Agent II position now function as team leaders in their districts assuming mid-level leadership roles.
New DIO Center
In July 2022, the Office of Internal Investigations (OII) in conjunction with Parole Services began the project of creating a Dispatch, IDACS, and Operations Center (DIO Center). This is the first central radio dispatch center for the department. This new center adds a layer of safety for staff actively working in communities across the state. Parole Services piloted the DIO Center in November with the Gary Parole Office, with statewide implementation soon after. This project was a collaboration between many divisions within the department including the construction of the center, the creation and development of policy and procedures, and the reclassification of 11 staff to operate the center.
Employment rates and wages for those on parole climbed steadily in 2022. In January 2022, the average hourly wage was $16.36 an hour. By the end of 2022, it was over $17.00 an hour. This increase is attributed to the continued partnership between the division and the Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE).
Medical Services Division
Staff Development and Training (SD&T) collaborated with contract partners at Mi-Case and KPMG to identify key information pertaining to the new online management system, DELTA, since late 2021. SD&T was tasked with developing a plan to train more than 6,000 employees prior to the “Go-Live” date in 2023. In November, 272 staff were certified to instruct DELTA to the end users.
Using new software, Articulate 360, the Curriculum Development team updated all eLearning modules. Updates include more interactive modules, knowledge checks throughout, and the option to create content so it can be viewed using various smart devices, such as cell phones or tablets. Not only does this allow staff to complete their required eLearning at a time that best fits their schedule, but it is also ADA compliant, ensuring we are providing the necessary resources to staff to assist with completing their required training.
To better focus on physical wellness, SD&T with the help of Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Jerome Williams, created a 5K walking & running series for all staff and the public. The events kicked off at the Staff Development & Training Annual Training Retreat in June. There was a total of 4 run/walks scheduled at New Castle, two at Hummel Park in Plainfield, and Michigan City for the third Experienced and Emerging Leaders Program.
Division of Construction Services
Indiana Correctional Industries
NCIA Performance Excellence Award
In April, ICI attended the 2022 National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) National Training Conference in Louisville, KY. The annual conference provides learning and networking opportunities to correctional industries practitioners from across the nation. ICI was awarded the NCIA Performance Excellence Award 2022 during the conference’s Annual Awards Banquet. The national award recognizes outstanding leadership, performance, and mission impact by a correctional industry.
Below you will find the Indiana Department of Correction Annual Reports. In these reports you can learn more about the different divisions of the Department, IDOC facilities, offender programs, youth services, and some of the major accomplishments of our staff and the offenders over the past years. The Agency values innovation and continuously strives for improvement and these reports showcase the Department's successes, progress, and commitment to its mission.