Racine Vocational Ministry offers two Re-Entry programs for participants returning to the Racine Area. Need more text here.....
Community Re-Entry Program
This is a holistic, community-based program designed to reduce recidivism and make neighborhoods safer. It targets those with a violent past who are being reintegrated into Racine’s Community Oriented Policing neighborhoods.
CRP is a partnership among the community, social services, educational groups, churches, the Department of Corrections and both local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Two distinct meetings are held after the prisoner’s release. At the first, known as The Notification Meeting, federal and local prosecutors, probation and parole agents, and Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) officers deliver a strong message, explaining to the participant that the community will not tolerate any more violence in its neighborhoods. The participant is notified of parole conditions and warned that he or she will be held accountable for future violations. Additionally, the participant is introduced to supportive services available to him or her.
Types of support include:
After this meeting, the participant meets with the program coordinator in order to assess needs and direct him or her to the appropriate source(s).
Frequently Asked Questions
How are offenders selected to participate in CRP?
Agents identify select offenders who are being released from prison. Participants have been convicted of crimes involving a gun; violent offenders; gang members or drug dealers. They come from both state and federal prisons. They must reside in one of the Community Oriented Policing neighborhoods or spend significant amounts of time in those areas because family members live there.
Are sex offenders involved in this program? No.
How does it reduce gun crime?
It provides support and assistance to the offender and his or her family. If the offender does commit a crime with a gun, he or she will be prosecuted in federal court rather than in state court.
How is the community involved?
Community members are asked to attend the monthly meetings, as are religious organizations within the affected neighborhoods. Offenders will be welcomed home with a new message, which includes both a rejection of violence and a pledge of support.
When and where are the community meetings held?
They are held once a month at a central location in Racine. If you would like more information, you can contact RVM for a schedule.
Are they provided with services the average citizen doesn’t get?
No, the same services are available to any citizen. Resources are simply coordinated.
Second Chance Program
This program was designed to broaden opportunities for greater numbers of re-entrants to experience job preparation and training along with social services.
The Second Chance program is the result of a year-long planning process that has brought togeter more than 50 stakeholders and organizations for the purpose of reducing recidivism.
The purpose of this program is to create a community that will engage social practices to improve the successful outcomes of high and medium risk re-entrants into the city of Racine.