(Editor’s note: The latest CDCR Unlocked podcast looks at ARCAID, a new tool connecting formerly incarcerated people with community resources.)
A partnership of parole, technology, and rehabilitation has resulted in a newly revamped application designed to help people connect with resources when returning to the community after prison.
ARCAID, the Automated Rehabilitative Catalog and Information Discovery Machine, is the result of collaboration between multiple divisions.
Those divisions include:
- Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO)
- Enterprise Information Services (EIS)
- and Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)
This comprehensive search engine allows people currently in prison to securely access resources prior to release. These resources include housing, substance use disorder treatment, and job opportunities.
People on parole or probation supervision are also able to create profiles and search for services. Friends and family can browse resources as well. CDCR employees are also able to use ARCAID as they help people prepare for post-incarceration success.
The CDCR Unlocked podcast caught up with Stephanie Jones of EIS and Jeff Hammond of DRP to discuss all things ARCAID and how it’s only possible thanks to cross-disciplinary collaboration.
“Incarcerated individuals are coming out of the institution and they really need skills and help to provide that nexus to employment or education,” said Hammond. “ARCAID will actually help you find those resources on the outside.”