MDPA Care Video  



The Court-Assisted Re-Entry Program (CARE) began in 2009 at the direction of Chief United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane. CARE programs operate in the Scranton, Harrisburg, and Williamsport Courthouses. The program is designed to assist Moderate and High-Risk offenders in making a successful return to society. As a participant in the CARE program, offenders meet with the “CARE Team” once per month to discuss the successes and difficulties they experience during their re-integration. Participants also work through a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy program (conducted by Probation Officers) and may be assigned a mentor from the community.

The CARE program involves four “phases” and can be completed in as little as two years. Progression through the phases is outcome driven and highly motivated participants complete the program more quickly that others. Participants who successfully complete all four phases are eligible for a 33% reduction in their term of supervised release.

The CARE Team in Harrisburg is led by Chief Judge Yvette Kane. In Scranton, the CARE Team is led by United States Circuit Judge Thomas Vanaskie, and in Williamsport the team is led by United States Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle. The monthly sessions normally occur on Tuesday or Wednesday night and last approximately 60 minutes. Family members of the participants are encouraged to attend.

To learn more about the CARE Program, please watch the video:


The above video was produced by Bucknell University Professor Eric Faden and his Film Production Clinic (Spring 2013) class. The video was produced at no cost to the government and was designed to educate prospective participants about the benefits of the CARE Program. Special thanks to Professor Faden and Bucknell University for their support in this worthwhile and ambitious project. Also thanks to Karen Snider and the Harrisburg Rotary Club for their assistance in providing mentors for the CARE Program, and to Warden Jeffrey Krueger and the staff at the Federal Correctional Institution - Schuylkill for their assistance.