Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $300,000)
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.
Grant recipients must 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. 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.
This grant will fund the WomenCare-Rikers (WC-R) program. This program will: (1) connect women to volunteer mentors in the community to begin pre-release and continue post-release; (2)deliver the evidence-based cognitive behavioral intervention Seeking Safety, a NIDA-funded program shown effective in treatment of individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring PTSD or history of trauma; and (3)recruit, screen, train, and provide ongoing support and supervision to volunteer mentors. It is anticipated that 60 women per year will be enrolled in mentoring services under this funding.