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Arizona Reentry Initiative (ARI)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $900,000)

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning, nonviolent prisoners. PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning inmates find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised, nonviolent offenders.

The Arizona Reentry Initiative will partner with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Department of Labor Faith Based Community Organizations (DOL FBCO) grantees, Primavera Foundation,and the Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Inc.(AWEE) to provide pre-release transition specific assessment, planning, programming and services, and post-release supervision and coordination of services for offenders returning to the communities they serve.

The ARI project will seek to provide a seamless, comprehensive network of services to offenders returning to two target communities in Arizona receiving large numbers of returning, non violent prisoners. The goal of this initiative is designed to enhance public safety by reducing relapse, revocation and recidivism rates and increase employability for non violent offenders who successfully complete the program.


Date Created: August 31, 2006