Offender reentry, the transition from jail or prison to life in the community, is an important piece in building a safe and strong community. Proper reentry into society is vital in reducing recidivism rates for individuals who have been incarcerated. Close to 67% of released prisoners are arrested for a new crime within five years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The Cumberland County Adult Re-entry Program (CCARP) aims to successfully return these individuals to the community, in an effort to reduce recidivism rates and promote safer communities.
Many offenders entering the community struggle with substance abuse, lack of adequate education and job skills, limited housing options, as well as mental health issues. The CCARP program trains volunteer members of the community to work one-on-one with program participants. These constructive peer relationships provide positive reinforcements in these challenging areas for offenders and help them flourish in all aspects of their life.