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Corrections Reform: Correction leaders from the Dominican Republic toured state and local jails and programs in a visit hosted by CMIT.

Corrections Reform

The Dominican Republic is undergoing a reform of its national corrections system, and it turned to the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University for an opportunity to explore prison management and rehabilitation programs.

“In the last seven years, the Dominican Republic started a big reform to make sure that its prison and correction systems insure that inmates not only serve their time, but also provide programs that rehabilitate offenders and reduce recidivism rates,” said Roberto Obando Prestol, Director General of the Department of Corrections in the Caribbean nation.

During a whirlwind, five-day tour, Obando Prestol and Rafael Monegro Betemit, Director of General Services, were given an overview of the federal, state and county prison and jail systems as well as parole and training in Texas. They visited the Estelle and Hamilton units at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; the Windham School District; the Minnie R. Houston Training Academy; The Federal Bureau of Prisons Work Camp; the Brazos County Jail; and the Huntsville Parole Office.

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