Mentoring as a Component of Reentry: Practical Considerations from the Field.

Year Published
Author (Individual)
Umez, Chidi.
De la Cruz, Jan.
Richey, Maureen.
Albis, Katy.
Author (Organization)
The National Reentry Resource Center.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Resource Type
Training Materials
Resource Format
Despite growing interest and investment in mentoring as a component of reentry, there is only a small body of research to support the value of adult mentoring services in reducing recidivism among criminal justice populations. The research related to adult reentry mentoring that does exist rarely addresses participants’ criminogenic risk levels and other factors that are known to be important in recidivism-reduction strategies. In the absence of research, reentry programs and corrections agencies are looking for guidance on how mentoring and correctional evidence-based practices (EBPs) can be integrated.To meet the existing gap in the field, this publication is intended to accomplish the following goals:• To provide recommendations for community-based organizations that wish to integrate adult mentoring intoexisting reentry programming;• To offer guidance on building effective partnerships with correctional agencies;• To promote peer learning by highlighting reentry programs that use promising practices in adult mentoring, including peer mentoring; and• To encourage increased data collection and evaluation through stronger collaboration between reentry programs and research partners in order to determine the value of mentoring adults in reentry. (Author abstract)

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