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Naa Kanie

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 211 of the Act authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for mentoring projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.

The Second Chance Act grant programs are designed to strengthen jurisdictions characterized by large numbers of returning offenders. 'Reentry' is not envisioned to be a specific program but rather an evidence-based process that begins with initial incarceration and ends with successful community reintegration, indicated by lack of recidivism. Per the Second Chance Act, funded mentoring projects should use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders included in the project's target population. Program components must include mentoring adult offenders during incarceration, through transition back to the community, and post-release; transitional services to assist in the reintegration of offenders into the community; and training regarding offender and victims issues.

Applicant agencies/organizations are expected to demonstrate their capability to deliver or broker the provision of transitional services proposed to be offered in conjunction with the core mentoring component. Examples of 'transitional services' designed to increase success in reentry and thus reduce recidivism might include the establishment of a pre-release mentoring relationship, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management.

The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) will use the FY 2009 Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations funds for the Naa Kanie project. The organization will serve 175 pre-release inmates and 75 post-release ex-offenders through group coaching/mentoring. It is expected that 35 post-released ex-offenders will receive a personal coach/individual mentor. ANJC is the only community-based provider that offers and provides both direct pre-release and post-release services to men and women in custody of the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC). ANJC is authorized to provide re-entry services at the Hiland Mountain and Palmer Correctional Center's, and provides post-release orientation about ANJC's Reentry services at the Spring Creek Correctional Center, Pt. MacKenzie Correctional Farm, the Anchorage Correctional Complex, and the Wildwood Correctional Center ' all within a 126 mile radius of Anchorage. Inmates who have volunteered and participated in ANJC's pre-release program are referred by the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) for continued post-release services. DOC has designated two State Probation Officers to specifically work with ANJC's Reentry Program.


Date Created: September 3, 2009