At any one time, nearly 6.9 million people are on probation, in jail, in prison, or on parole in the United States. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Another 9 million cycle through local jails. More than two-thirds of prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release and half are reincarcerated. When reentry fails, the costs are high — more crime, more victims, and more pressure on already-strained state and municipal budgets. There is also more family distress and community instability. Roughly 1 in 28 children currently has a parent behind bars. Mass incarceration has been a major driver of poverty. To combat this, Casa Grande Alliance has started the Pinal Community Reentry Project to help those individuals returning to our community get the help they need to get back on their feet and become members of our community. Part of the reentry project is a program called Community Coaches.
Our Community Coach Program is a volunteer based program that matches a trained, community volunteer mentor with a prison reentry candidate. The Community Coach assist with social service navigation, goal setting and attainment, providing emotional support, and building a safe stable relationship. The program lasts for 6 months during which, the volunteer coach meets regularly with their mentee to assist with successful reintegration into our community.
Join our Reentry Coordinator Alfredo Gonzalez, Adult Probation Reentry Officer Alyssa Raney and former inmate and Community Coach Mike Walker as they discuss the issues facing recently released individuals, the reentry system and how The Pinal Community Reentry Project's Community Coach Program can help change lives and reduce recidivism.