Mentoring Formerly Incarcerated Adults

Insights from the Ready4Work Reentry Initiative

Posted January 1, 2009
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Public/Private Ventures
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This report tells how the Ready4Work program, which aims to ease an ex-prisoner’s transition home, added a mentoring component to its suite of reentry support services. Readers will learn how 11 sites packaged this new component, who participated and what initial outcomes say about mentoring’s capacity for impacting the lives of former inmates (hint: it’s all positive — and worthy of a deeper look!).

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Key Takeaway

More research is needed, but the initial verdict is in — and mentoring does make a difference

In Ready4Work, mentoring emerged as a promising approach to help former inmates readjust to society. Mentored participants were twice as likely to get a job compared to their non-mentored counterparts. This group also secured initial employment faster and, once hired, were more likely to stay on the job for at least three months. In addition, participants who met with mentors were 35% less likely to reoffend in the year following their release relative to ex-prisoners who had opted out of the mentoring program.