Plainfield facility to house low-risk, first-time offenders

Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday the conversion of a Plainfield short-term offender program into an individualized program for first-time, lower-risk offenders sentenced to prison.

The Plainfield Short-Term Offender Program is being renamed the Heritage Trail Correctional Facility and will offer first-time offenders a wide range of holistic programming to facilitate a positive change in behavior. Services include addiction recovery support, civic engagement and employment. It will also include faith- and character-based programming.

“For some of these individuals, this is their last chance to turn their life around or face more time in prison,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon.  “By providing a structured environment focused on instilling family values and strong work ethic, we hope to break the cycle of crime.”

The core curriculum at HTCF is derived from two of the DOC’s most successful evidence-based programs: Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS), a faith and character program, and Thinking for a Change, a cognitive behavioral program. The program will also include a mentoring program.

Offenders must be low- to moderate-risk male offenders, new to the prison setting, and serving sentences that are three years or less. They must also be free from medical and mental health restrictions that require placement in other specialized units.

The governor’s office says research will be conducted to determine the programs’ impact on recidivism and offender conduct.

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