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The Second Chance Mentoring Program is a comprehensive program offering one-on-one and group mentoring to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults. The program provides healthy role models and social supports, and encourages mentees to become positive contributors to their communities. The overall goal of the program is to reduce the rate of recidivism in Rhode Island.
OpenDoors is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by supporting the formerly incarcerated. The organization's goals are to:
- Successfully reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals by preparing them pre-release and supporting them during the post release period and beyond;
- Reduce recidivism by streamlining opportunities for ex-offenders to become integral members of the community and society, nurturing personal responsibility, and advocating for the removal of social and legal barriers to re-entry;
- Stabilize families of ex-offenders by providing services that build on individual and family strengths and needs; and
- Reinvest in communities and reduce incarceration rates by promoting investment in education, community development, and a smart-on-crime criminal justice approach.
The OpenDoors reentry program uses a holistic approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The agency's programs include discharge planning within Men’s Minimum Security, policy and advocacy on criminal justice issues, our one-stop Resource Center, and our Employment Program. OpenDoors programs seek to ameliorate the condition of the poor and promote economic self-sufficiency by improving job-readiness, addressing barriers to employment, and teaching job-retention skills.
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