Practice Guide

Most prisoners in the United States will eventually be released.  The issue is how to institute community reentry programs so these individuals don’t go back to prison. One way being researched is through mentoring programs to enhance employment opportunities. This manual, based on work through the Ready4Work program and first issued through the U.S. Department of Labor, outlines the process for establishing, implementing and sustaining a workable mentoring program that supports former prisoner to community reentry services.  

January 1, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    What Ready4Work is and how it helped ex-prisoners get their life back.

  2. 2

    What it means to mentor a former prisoner as part of a prisoner reentry program.

  3. 3

    What it takes to establish mentors and a mentoring program for former prison inmates.

  4. 4

    How this manual can be a resource for those attempting to implement mentoring programs for high-risk adults.

Key Takeaway

Research shows employment plays a crucial role in helping former prisoners avoid criminal behavior and reincarceration.

Ready4Work addresses the needs of the growing ex-prisoner population through community- and faith-based organizations. 

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