This weekly planning journal, newly revised, assists ex-offenders in dealing with key transition issues during their first critical 99 days (14 weeks) in the free world.
Addressing the hopes and fears of ex-offenders, this upbeat resource focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of implementation. It requires users to:
- specify three major objectives each week
- identify specific supporting daily activities
- anticipate related outcomes
- evaluate their progress at the end of each week
- make key adjustments for the next week
Viewing re-entry as a challenging, full-time job, the book encourages users to keep a weekly journal where they write down exactly what they plan to do each day (a daily "To Do" list) and then evaluate their progress on a scale of 1 to 10 in accomplishing their goals for the week. They, in turn, summarize what they need to do to better accomplish their goals.
The journal also includes important sections on:
- key contacts
- financial planning
- personal information
- re-entry resources
Used alone or in a group setting, this book provides an important structure for keeping ex-offenders focused on those things they need to do on a daily basis in order to become successful on the outside. It serves as a critical motivator for developing a new pattern of behavior in the free world.