■ About RAP
Release Advanced Planning (RAP) program offers a team approach involving corrections, public health, law enforcement, prosecution and community organizations, to work with an inmate to plan a successful re-entry to the community.
Crow Wing County has considered the program a success and a money saver. The cost of housing an inmate is about $55 per day. Last year, the county RAP update included a cost savings of $10,000 during a three-month time frame based on inmate incarceration history.
Other savings were touted but harder to quantify such as potential savings in medical costs, out-of-home child placements, court costs and reduced criminal activity. There were other, perhaps unmeasurable, potential benefits such as keeping families together and having former inmates become taxpaying job-holders who are contributing to the community in a positive way.
The program is a voluntary one for sentenced inmates who are Crow Wing County residents. The coordinator position is not a standalone full-time position, instead it was previously estimated to take about a quarter of the coordinator’s time as they worked on other programs as well.