Advocacy and Mentoring

Assist Community Partners

CSSFCI  will assist our community partners in developing and evaluating mentoring and support programs for incarcerated and returning citizens and their children, caregivers, and families.

Using peer mentors to support the reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals is becoming a widespread practice employed by reentry organizations and reentry service providers across the U.S. Initial findings suggest that recidivism is reduced when returning individuals work one-on-one with mentors who assist them in navigating the complexities of the reentry process (i.e. finding housing, securing employment).

Similarly, research suggests that when children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers receive mentoring support, they experience fewer mental health and physical health problems when their loved one returns home.

Advocate for Policy Change

CSSFCI will advocate for policy change to create access to services, remove barriers, and reduce stereotypes and stigma toward incarcerated and returning citizens and their children, caregivers, and families.

There are several barriers affecting the transition of returning citizens into society, thus affecting their children and families. Policies that support the hiring of returning citizens are critical to ensure returning citizens are able to support themselves and their children and families. Barriers to housing affect returning individuals and policy changes that would support housing opportunities are needed given discriminatory housing practices that are in place.

Similarly, barriers to public assistance present another source of strain to the transition of returning individuals and their families. Policy restructuring and formation around employment, housing, and public assistance could encourage a smoother transition for returning individuals and their children and families.