Offer Hope, Restore Dignity, & Transform Lives

Volunteers of America Indiana will Host a Public Roundtable Discussion about Recidivism

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. ( 31 March, 2016) – On April 5th 2016, Volunteers of America Indiana will host a roundtable discussion about recidivism and community involvement at the Haughville Branch Public Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Latrice Watson, Program Coordinator of the Second Chance Mentoring Program, will lead the discussion. Panel members will include volunteer mentors, and staff of Volunteers of America Indiana who have professional experience in reentry services. The event is free and open to the public.

Subject matter to be discussed at this event will include the following:

  1. The impact of incarceration in Marion County
  2. The rate of re-arrest and recidivism
  3. The cost of incarceration
    • The Bureau of Justice also reports that the average annual cost per inmate is $20,761 which means Marion County is spending an average of $168,703,886 a year. But if people only went to prison once, it would spend an average of $38,802,309 a year.
  4. Possible solutions/how the community can respond
    • The Second Chance Mentoring program provides an evidence-based response to the problem. This program matches volunteer mentors with individuals transitioning back into their communities from incarceration in order to help them decide not return to prison.

Currently there are 53 people transitioning out of incarceration who are looking for mentors through the Second Chance Mentoring program. So Volunteers of America Indiana is encouraging individuals to come to this event to learn more about recidivism, criminal justice reform, and how they can help.