AP&P Region 3: Fortitude Treatment Center
Deputy Regional Administrator
The Fortitude Treatment Center (AKA Parole Violator Center) is an innovative approach aimed at reducing the state's recidivism rate and increasing offender success.
The facility enables struggling parolees to remain in the community under parole supervision rather than returning them to prison. When a parolee violates technical conditions of their parole agreement (e.g. something that is not a new crime, but still violates certain restrictions such as curfew, possessing alcohol, dirty urinalysis tests, associating with other known parolees, etc.), Adult Probation & Parole agents can offer an "alternative event" by placing a parolee in this halfway back house.
This places tighter restrictions on the offender and requires the person to undergo intensive treatment programs aimed at addressing underlying struggles. But it also enables him to maintain a job, ties to family, and other elements of life rather than uprooting him from an established situation in our communities and placing him in prison.
While in Fortitude, a parolee can still check out for work or work search. Agents will call employers to check and verify an offender is being honest and accountable about where he is going for work or work search functions. While not working or searching for a job, parolees are kept in the facility with law enforcement presence at all times (Correctional Officers and sometimes parole officers, who have offices on site).
This facility only serves males, but the department has limited beds at a separate facility aimed at doing the same for females.