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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mayors' Report: Prisoner Re-entry

By the Center on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005

"Urban mayors face numerous challenges, and one of them is the high number of prisoners that are released into their cities each year. The number typically ranges in the thousands. Without adequate support, many ex-offenders fail to reintegrate into mainstream society. And once they’re back behind bars, the cost to taxpayers is great.

So mayors in several major cities have reached out to the faith community to help. Congregations and faith-based nonprofits are working with prison and parole officials, and mayoral staff, in initiatives to match ex-offenders with supportive mentors, new job training opportunities, and programs to help them reunite with their family members. This 16-page report from the Mayors’ Faith Based Center highlights many creative ways public officials and faith leaders are crafting programs to help ex-offenders succeed."

[continued at FASTEN Network]


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