FOCUS Reentry has been operating since 2005. FOCUS Reentry started with one mentor and one client; today the impact is large and growing through community outreach and the FOCUS Replicable Model.

FOCUS Reentry has achieved a 17% recidivism rate in contrast to Boulder County’s 65% and the state of Colorado’s 52% recidivism rates. Each year FOCUS Reentry saves Boulder County approximately $600,000. The results indicate that the presence of a trained and committed adult mentor for an ex-offender reentering and reintegrating into society offers a key component to the success and achievement of self-sufficiency for an individual.

As FOCUS Reentry’s approach continues to be identified as a unique program nationally, FOCUS aligns its program with evidence-based practices and theories of behavioral change. As 95% of inmates return to their communities the need for reentry programs and services becomes essential to criminal justice reform.

FOCUS: Results for Evaluation – Outcomes and Longitudinal Surveys
by William Oliver, Ph.D., Marcus Breitenbach, and William Dieterich, Ph.D. – Northpointe Institute for Public Management, Inc.


Prisoner Reentry, Recidivism & The FOCUS Offender Re-entry Mentoring Program
by Courtney S. Coffman for Urban Social Problems, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver

Rethinking Recidivism: A Communication Approach to Prisoner Reentry
by Matt Koschmann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder