Module 1: Getting Started

Module 2: Leadership, Vision and Organizational Culture

Module 3: Collaborative Structure and Joint Ownership

Module 4: Data-Driven Understanding of Local Reentry

Module 5: Targeted Intervention Strategies

Module 6: Screening and Assessment

Module 7: Transition Plan Development

Module 8: Targeted Transition Interventions

Module 9: Self-Evaluation and Sustainability

Section 1: What Is Collaboration?

Collaboration is “a cooperative venture based on shared power and authority. It is nonhierarchical in nature. It assumes power based on knowledge or expertise as opposed to power based on role or function.”1 If communication is the foundation of the partnering pyramid, collaboration is the pyramid’s tip, with coordination and commitment squarely in the middle.2

Click here for a TJC Leadership Profile on Chester Cooper, Director of the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation in Hennepin County, MN.

The Four C's of Partnering

All four C’s of partnering are important for the success of the TJC model, but collaboration must occur for the model’s long-term success.

To see if you are ready to be part of a collaborative effort. You should be able to answer “Yes” to each statement below.

Are you ready for a collaborative effort?
Yes Not Yet


I recognize that the agency I represent is mutually dependent on other agencies for the success of people leaving jails.


I and the agency I represent are willing to give up some authority/control for the TJC model to succeed.


I know that I will benefit and gain new knowledge when working together with outside agencies.


I understand that not everyone shares my perspective and I’m open to different views.


I am willing to commit my time and effort to making the TJC model work.


I am committed to suspending my judgment about what works to change offender behavior and will consider new information as I begin to collaborate with other system stakeholders.


I am committed to evidence-based decision making and am ready to change policies and practices that do not yield the best outcomes

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1 W. A. Kraus, Collaboration in Organizations: Alternatives to Hierarchy (New York: Human Sciences Press, 1980), p. 12.

2 North Carolina’s Serious and  Violent Offender Reentry Initiative: Going Home. A Systemic Approach to Offender Reintegration. Accessed 12/8/2009 at

3 D. Robinson, T. Hewitt, and J. Harriss, Managing Development: Understanding Inter-organizational Relationships (London: Sage for the Open University, 1999), 7.

4 Kraus, Collaboration in Organizations, 12.