1019 15th St. North, Great Falls, Montana 59401
1019 15th St. North, Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406-727-0944 Fax: 406-727-0961
The Transition Center provides a residential 30 bed program devoted to preparing graduates, also known as Booters, from the Treasure State Correctional Training Center (TSCTC) for progressively increased responsibility and freedom in the community.
The Great Falls Pre-Release Booter AfterCare Program was designed to deliver follow-on services to assist TSCTC graduates internalize the Boot Camp philosophies, disciplines and tools. The residential 60 to 90 day program builds upon the Boot Camp experience while providing a re-introduction to societal living. A secondary benefit of the program allows for community release planning and timely submission of applicable release documentation. The AfterCare Program provides the vital link between the Treasure State Correctional Training Center and the community by employing a mix of intensive community surveillance, services, and individual case planning.
The Booter AfterCare Program is located in the West Campus of the Great Falls Pre-Release Center and was founded in response to the Department of Corrections request for a specialized, short-term residency program with emphasis on treatment, to include advanced living skills, cognitive restructuring, substance relapse prevention, and community reintegration. The first Six Booters were received in October 1993 and since that time more than 1,200 Booters have reported for AfterCare services. AfterCare remains one of the nation’s few boot camp aftercare programs of a residential nature and is proud to be on the cutting edge of correctional ideology.
While at AfterCare, Booters maintain productive weeks consisting of a minimum of five productive days with assignment to either spot jobs (paid employment) or community service. Each Booter must provide a minimum of ten hours per week towards the community service requirement and an additional ten hours of physical training to help maintain physical conditioning and health status achieved while at TSCTC.
Much has been learned in the fifteen years since the original Alpha Squad formed and reported aboard. The TSCTC program itself has shifted focus from a highly regimented para-military model to an extremely strict therapeutic community model using an educational treatment approach. The physical aspect and requirements have been relaxed over the years, first in response to attracting older offenders, then females, and most lately in response to liability issues of a medical nature. Some offenders will respond better to the military model and others to education. TSCTC has endeavored to meet majority needs - right smack in the middle. Through each revision and evolution the AfterCare component has adapted to each and every change to strengthen its partnership with TSCTC.