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The Utah MentorWorks Reentry Approach: Continuation of a Collaborative Effort to Reduce Recidivism Among Utah''s Ex-Offender Fathers.

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Salt Lake
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $300,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and are returning to communities. 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 adults who have been incarcerated. Mentoring refers to a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person develop an enhanced sense of self-worth and specific knowledge and skills to increase the chance of successful reentry.
The goal of this program is to promote more effective and successful reentry for offenders through the establishment and maintenance of pre- and post-release mentoring relationships. The objectives of this program are to establish or improve the administration of mentoring programs, including the expansion of mentoring strategies and program design; enhance and improve the organizational capacity, system efficiency, and cost effectiveness of mentoring programs through training and technical assistance and other strategies, and; improve outcomes for offenders in mentoring programs by establishing and strengthening collaborative community approaches.

The recipient will use Second Chance Act Mentoring funds to bring to the table a team of experienced staff, the strong partnership with the Salt Lake County Jail, and other agencies to provide a continuum of wrap around transitional services, with mentoring at its core.

The program will target male offenders age 18 and older at 90 days prior to release from the Salt Lake County Jail, who are fathers of a minor child. Mentors will be originally matched with one mentee (3 month post-release), then receive additional mentees (if desired).


Date Created: September 29, 2013