Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $1,000,000)
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.
Safer Foundation will use their 2014 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors funds to fund a mentoring program that will address barriers to reentry and employment through intensive pre- and post-release mentoring. This will be based on cognitive behavioral change, educational interventions, job readiness and employment training, job placement, and retention supports. The mentees for the program will come from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) adult male inmates at Safer's Crossroads and North Lawndale Adult Transition Centers. All program participants will be rated as moderate to high risk of reoffending.
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