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Community Partners for Reentry is a community and faith-based model for addressing offender reentry, drawing upon research and other literature relative to the role of religion in crime prevention, prisoner reentry, and aftercare.
Many offenders go home without transitional support services in place. Each year, approximately 28,000 offenders are released from correctional facilities across the state. Public safety is enhanced to the extent that each and every offender making this transition is given supportive services and assistance.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Departments of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and Youth Services (DYS), the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI), community and faith-based partners, and formerly incarcerated persons. It will provide individual offenders the opportunity to access or obtain transitional support services, and to be connected to natural systems of prosocial support unique to the community to which he or she returns.
The project will identify, mobilize, and train a network of faith and community based organizations and individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of formerly incarcerated persons; screen, register, and bring individuals and groups together from diverse community, racial/ethnic and religious traditions to provide ongoing training and technical assistance; and, offer relevant material, resources, and information in an integrated database on a website that is accessible to Department employees and those serving as volunteers. It is expansive in encouraging broad-based participation and is inclusive of all nonprofit faith-based, business, professional, civic, educational, and community organizations.
One or more sites will be selected where there is already an established foundation with an intermediary positioned to operate within the model's framework. The short-term objective is to capitalize on the momentum and interest created by the Leadership Forums currently being hosted by DRC institutions across the state that have brought together a wide array of community, and faith-based participants to share their views and offer suggestions for improving how to engage volunteers across the spectrum of corrections.