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ERIC Number: ED507378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 90
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Mentoring Former Prisoners: A Guide for Reentry Programs
Fletcher, Renata Cobbs; Sherk, Jerry
Public/Private Ventures
Few social programs have attempted to provide high-risk adults--and, particularly, former prisoners--with mentors. And thus there are few resources that offer practical advice and recommendations for mentoring this population, given its distinct needs, assets and challenges. While much remains to be tested and learned, this manual draws on the experience of the 11 sites involved in Public/Private Ventures's (P/PV's) Ready4Work prisoner reentry demonstration, as well as established best practices in the mentoring field, to provide guidelines for practitioners who are interested in developing a mentoring program to support former prisoners and enhance the effectiveness of other reentry services, such as employment and case management services. The guide was originally published by the US Department of Labor in November 2007 under the title "Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs." However, because of growing interest in establishing mentoring programs as part of larger reentry efforts around the country, P/PV decided to reissue the guide, along with updated information related to P/PV's evaluation of Ready4Work (particularly findings published in "Mentoring Formerly Incarcerated Adults," 2009.) Appendices include: (1) Guidelines for Group Mentoring; (2) Sample Forms; (3) Mentor Training Activities; and (4) Additional Resources. (Contains 18 endnotes.) ["Mentoring Former Prisoners: A Guide for Reentry Programs" was written with Linda Jucovy.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures