Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $900,000)
Turn the Page will serve 150 men over the three-year grant period. Eligible program participants are those who are incarcerated at the Kent County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 18 years and older, at moderate to high risk of recidivism, and have a maximum of 90 days remaining on their sentence. An initial proxy risk screening will be utilized to classify those housed at KCCF for three or more days to provide an initial indication of those who may be eligible for reentry services, with a COMPAS screening providing more in-depth assessment as to the appropriateness of services. Turn the Page aims to reduce recidivism among the target population, increase employment, secure consistent engagement post-release, and provide connection to community resources and services to assist with successful reintegration and transition stabilization. Turn the Page will achieve project goals by offering an intentional bundle of pre- and post-release services including employment readiness, placement and retention services, personal responsibility and behavior classes, resource navigation and peer mentoring by way of Hope Network’s partnership with Arbor Circle (AC). Prior to release, HN and AC staff will meet weekly with participants to build rapport, which is key to post release engagement. Post-release, the Turn the Page team will employ an assertive engagement effort utilizing case management, supportive peer mentoring and active employment placement services to support participants’ reentry action plan and successful reintegration into the community. Staff will refer to and integrate KCCF’s actuarial assessment, COMPAS, to conduct a case management needs assessment, which further informs participants’ needs, guides the framework of a participant’s Reentry Action Plan, and prioritizes services and interventions. KCCF and Kent County Office of Community Corrections (KCOCC) fully support Hope Network and partner organizations. HN has provided the required MOU with KCCF, and KCCF has agreed to provide access to the COMPAS and data collection by the tool as well as recidivism data to KCOCC. Research and Evaluation Associates will provide independent evaluation services, assist with data collection, and lead the analysis of project outcomes.