The STAR (Successful Transitions-Accelerated Reentry) Program is a collaboration between the U.S. Pretrial Services and Probation Office/Northern District of Ohio and community resource providers to facilitate safe and successful reintegration of offenders into the community, through early assessment and planning.
How the STAR program works
All eligible candidates are screened and, if appropriate, recommended to the Court for participation. If selected, participants are required to attend an orientation, at which time they will be asked to make a commitment to participate in the STAR Program. If participation in the STAR Program is declined, the case is returned to traditional supervision without further negative consequences. Should the candidate choose to participate in the STAR Program, it is important that family and friends participate towards the candidate’s success by providing emotional support, words of encouragement and assist in setting goals to complete. Studies have shown that individuals who have strong, positive community support networks have more successful supervision outcomes than those who do not.
Ineligibility/ Termination from STAR Program:
The STAR program is designed in a two-phase program
This phase involves intensive supervision. Progress is monitored monthly. Participants are required to seek or maintain employment, attend drug and alcohol counseling, mental health counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and obey the law. There may be other special conditions pertinent to specific supervision directives. Rewards for accomplishments and successes are awarded.
Participants are no longer required to attend monthly progress sessions, but will remain on supervised release for another six to eighteen months. If this period of supervision is successfully completed, participants are rewarded with a recommendation for early discharge from supervision.
Phase Two Timetable:
3 years TSR = 6 months in Phase Two
4 years TSR = 9 months in Phase Two
5 years TSR = 12 months in Phase Two
8 years TSR = 18 months in Phase Two
Benefits to the STAR Program
United States Attorney's Office/ Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland Federal Public Defender's Office
Cuyahoga Community College
The Ohio Benefits Bank
Northeast Ohio Reentry Coalition (NORC)
The Cleveland Oriana House
The Bureau of Prisons