Each year thousands of incarcerated adults are released back into Boulder County lacking the material, social, emotional, and mental stability required to rebuild their lives. This lack of stability, along with the often impoverished, marginalized, and crime-ridden environments to which they return, contributes significantly to the problem of recidivism. Decades of research shows that an offender is likely to recidivate within 72 hours if basic needs are not met—shelter, food, clothing, and medications—or what inmates call “3 hots and a cot.” It is evident that the social impact of recidivism is extensive, including increased homelessness, the destruction of families, children in turmoil, and an over-burdened criminal justice system.
FOCUS Reentry provides highly-trained, volunteer mentors who help offenders establish stable lives and achieve self-sufficiency by:
- connecting offenders to basic needs
- modeling pro-social and pro-health behaviors for offenders
- encouraging offenders to interact with positive social groups
FOCUS mentors serve as a bridge in the offenders’ transition back into society, helping them to stabilize, rebuild their lives and eventually achieve self-sufficiency. We utilize only highly trained mentors to help their mentees (incarcerated adults over the age of 18) cope with the demands of … [Read More...]
Colorado’s decision to prohibit the placement of people with mental illness in solitary confinement lends hope to those suffering in the criminal justice system. The horrific stories that reach the headlines (such as Evan Ebel who murdered former Colorado DOC Director Tom Clements, or the mass shooting that took place at the Aurora Mall) undermine the need to treat the underlining mental illness, and lead to the … [Read More...]