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.
The grant recipient will use the grant to implement a comprehensive reentry mentoring program. The grantee will recruit, train and match 150 mentors with 300 offenders (mentees) over the course of three years. The program participants will receive pre- and post-release mentoring, assistance with transitional housing, case management, and job development. Participants will also have access to leveraged services including substance abuse counseling, peer recovery support, HIV prevention education, and community job readiness. Collectively, these strategies will serve to reduce recidivism.