Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $999,998)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) helps to address these significant challenges by providing comprehensive responses to the significant number of incarcerated adults who are returning to communities from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities. Programs funded under the Second Chance Act help to promote public safety by ensuring that the transition individuals make from prison and jail to the community is successful. Section 211 of the Act authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for comprehensive wrap-around services/programs which incorporate the use of trained mentors to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated.
The Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals through the utilization of comprehensive, evidence-based wrap-around reentry plans which address the identified needs of the individuals and are supported by trained mentors. These needs are often related to housing, employment, substance abuse, and mental health.
Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA) will use their 2014 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors funds for the KISRA Second Chance Mentoring Program. The Program will serve at least 250 moderate to high risk male and female offenders ages 18 to 39 years of age who are returning to Kanawha, Berkley, Cabell, Raleigh and Mercer Counties in West Virginia. The KISRA Mentoring Program, which was launched in 2009, will promote success and reduce the likelihood of recidivism among previously incarcerated persons returning to the aforementioned target area.