The minimum term is three months and the maximum is 12 months. Also known as “escape”, violating this agreement can be as serious as escaping from jail or violating probation. In the eyes of the criminal justice system, this act is considered an “escape” and is considered a serious crime. Under current law, this type of “escape from a social reintegration center” entails the same potential felony charge as escaping from prison.
As a result, there are more than 1,000 people, or about 5% of the state's prison population, serving time for escaping, according to the Department of Corrections. Some centers, such as community correctional centers, can serve a dual function that blurs the boundaries between what centers are and are not centers for social reintegration. Now, when people return to work, social reintegration centers become vectors of the virus, since the lack of social distancing and adequate living spaces is aggravated by the frequency with which people have contact with the community in general. These centers work with prison departments to house people who are released from prison, often as a condition of obtaining probation or another supervision or post-release housing plan.
Colorado's CEC (now GEO)'s largest social reintegration center (now GEO) was also criticized when journalists found evidence of rampant drug use and gang violence, indicating that the center did not provide a support community for re-entry. We have included an appendix to the most recent list of state and federal correctional centers for adults that the Office of Justice Statistics calls “community correctional centers” (those that allow at least 50% of the population to leave the center). Social reintegration centers are as much a part of a person's prison sentence as imprisonment itself, but they are subject to much less scrutiny than prisons and prisons. Although, unfortunately, this news does not focus on the role of the administrators of social reintegration centers in creating miserable and impossible conditions to live in (nor does it address the complex circumstances that encourage drug use and violence), they do indicate that the centers do not provide adequate care for their residents.
People could still end up serving time in prison for leaving a social reintegration center, but that would be less likely and the sentences could be shorter. As of August 18, federal residential reentry centers (RRC) had 122 active cases and 9 deaths of coronavirus among residents of social reintegration centers across the country. Residents of social reintegration centers have described that sanitation and disease prevention are profoundly inadequate, in addition to the lack of social distancing. On Thursday, the House of Representatives gave final approval to a prison reform bill, HB-1019, which reduces the penalties for evasion to a misdemeanor if the person's underlying charge is a violent crime and a misdemeanor if the person's underlying charge is non-violent.
Their purposes can also overlap, since community correctional centers, for example, house people at different stages of their incarceration. This ambiguity means that it is almost impossible to determine how many people are in social reintegration centers every day—and how many social reintegration centers specifically funded by the state are there—. According to advocates, people who leave social reintegration centers often have problems with substance use disorder, mental health problems, or pressing family needs at home. The appalling image of social reintegration centers in the media can often be the catalyst for formal audits of these centers.