Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,000,000)
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 the Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors is to promote 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 funds to expand and enhance a mentoring program designed to serve offenders returning from imprisonment. The goals of the program are to: (1) Utilize trained mentors to prepare individuals pre-release for reentry into the community; (2) Support formerly incarcerated individuals post-release during the reentry process to enhance success, promote public safety; and (3) Reduce recidivism. This will be accomplished through mentoring services, case management, wraparound services, mentor training, and a randomized control trial evaluation.