Governor Bill Lee declares
“Second Chance” month
Resources remain accessible to all participants as needed to assist along the journey to living as law abiding, productive citizens. Continual support will be provided whenever a participant wants help to ensure lasting success. Research indicates pre-release intervention is proven to be successful with continued meetings after release and where former participants from the program are encouraged to volunteer and help serve in the community.
Meetings are not just for returning individuals — these are community meetings where members of the community come together to work with each other to improve the neighborhood. The outcome is expected to be much greater when transitional housing is provided. Outcomes are measurable changes in behavior after release from incarceration. Programs considered most effective reduce recidivism by about ten to fifteen percent and up to twenty percent. Research reveals a higher success rate with post release programs, including consistent meetings, transitional housing, support and continuing education components. New Beginning Alliance believes it can reduce recidivism of participants by at least fifty percent. The first housing facility will accommodate fourteen men at a time. The expected length of stay is from nine months to a year. A participant exiting transitional housing creates an opening for another participant. This facility will accommodate an average of twenty-eight men per year. Other locations are planned to house more men and women as the program grows and success is established. Forward thinking will allow expansion of this program quickly as results further prove the model.
Successful reentry begins prior to release at the institution of incarceration; equipping each participant with the necessary tools