The first Veterans Treatment Court docket in Tulsa County District Court was on December 7, 2008. Since then, the court has seen the graduation of nearly 250 veterans from all branches of the military.
“Massachusetts has been a leader in this, really taking advantage of a groundswell across the nation of general support for good reentry (programming),” said Nicole Jarrett, director of the National Reentry Resource Center.
“We have so much to offer,” 62-year-old Mark Thompson told me, referring to the many reformed old-timers behind the wall. “It makes more sense helping younger guys understand their anger and addiction out there,” he said, “than dealing with it in here.”
Minnesota’s federal reentry court is now one of about 60 nationwide, but it’s the only one that matches participants with mentors from the community, some of whom have their own stories of readjusting to life after being locked up.
Under the old system, Boulder County truant students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, were required to appear in court every two weeks—with students missing even more school and some parents losing jobs because they were forced to miss work.
To date, none of the participants in the reentry program have been rearrested for a new offense and some have even gone on to attend college said Ashley Rohm, coordinator for the Cumberland County Adult Reentry Program. “These are people who came from our community and will be returning to our community,” she said. “Why wouldn’t we want to help them?”
Participants in workforce development courses will learn to write resumes and conduct mock interviews.
Unlike most mentoring programs in the United States, which offer a few months or years of involvement, Friends of the Children offers kids 12 years of continuous mentorship from kindergarten to high school graduation.
Of the 131 people who have graduated from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Reentry Court since 2010, only 13 percent of them have returned to prison within three years.
On any given day, more than 50,000 minors – more than 70 percent of whom come from minority communities – are detained in residential placement facilities across the United States.
The Idaho Department of Corrections is overhauling its recidivism reduction programs in prison, probation and parole, including the Retained Jurisdiction Program. For an inmate whose judge retains jurisdiction for 365 days while he or she attends the program, the streamlining will mean fewer program components and a shift from a lot of written coursework—with much of it done outside the classroom—to more work in the classroom, including role-playing and skill practice sessions.
Portland Tribune By Peter Korn Robert Lyday never even made it past the sidewalk in front of the Old Town Greyhound bus station. He’d been released from the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem with a bus ticket to Portland. He […]
By volunteering just a few hours each month, mentors can change the lives of the men and women asking for help in the Second Chance Mentoring Program. The program, created by KISRA (Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action), offers assistance to nonviolent, non-sexual offenders who are integrating back into the community.
In each of the buildings, nearly every woman, whether resident or staff member, is an ex-convict. And for many, it was Sister Tesa who turned their lives around, often after they failed on the first or second try.
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange By James Swift Oklahoma’s Commission on Children and Youth wants a Cleveland County program that assists non-violent offenders with re-entry implemented statewide, the Moore American reported. Introduced in 2009 by Sheriff Joe Lester, the Second Chance Act Program (S-CAP) […]
In October Hammond became a volunteer mentor with the Montana Women’s Prison Reentry Initiative. She said she hopes to be a positive role model for women preparing to move from incarceration back into the community.
With a goal of preventing repeat offenses by juveniles, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme was one of only nine organizations in the U.S. chosen to receive the Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring Grant.
The nonprofit received $609,232 from the Department of Justice to create RAMP, a Reentry Aftercare Mentoring Program, which will provide mentoring to incarcerated teens in the group’s Juvenile Justice Facility program so they are prepared to reenter the community and avoid committing further crimes.
A local nonprofit organization received a federal grant this month that will enable them to start a mentor program for parents just released from incarceration.
The Good Bridges program launched in October 2010, and by December, it started matching women nearing the end of their prison sentences with volunteers to work one-on-one on career awareness and work readiness skills.