Coming Home: From Prison to the Community with the Help of Faith

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2005

Summary

This At-A-Glance summary reviews the importance of focusing on re-entry, promising practices and models for both Christian and Muslim faith-based programs and the role of faith-based organizations in providing support to this population. This document was used to assist the Foundation’s Making Connections communities and is related to the following titles: Outside the Walls: A National Snapshot of Community Re-Entry Programs; From the Inside Out; Back into the Fold; Transitions from Prison to Community; and Families Left Behind: The Hidden Costs of Incarceration and Re-Entry.

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Key Takeaway

Programs and Services are Needed During and After Incarceration

Few dollars are allocated to preparing prisoners for life on the outside. Ideally, programs would be offered both during and after incarceration to help prisoners prepare for a return to the community. Similarly, services should also be offered to families to help them adjust to having a family member incarcerated and how to best support the family member when they are released from prison.

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