Removing Obstacles for Parolee Employment (ROPE)

Recidivism is not a subject associated with good news.  Recidivism generally refers to an offender’s participation in criminal endeavors subsequent to their release from prison and is usually the basis that results in their return to incarceration.  More than 1800 offenders each day or nearly 700,000 each year are released from prison.  TN Department of Correction Studies show that by the 3rd year of an offender’s release almost 75% have returned to incarceration.  Our goal is to reduce recidivism rates by implementing programs and services in our jails and prisons to improve reentry education and employment outcomes by providing preemployment life-skills class/transitional education and support mentors, job coaching, job placement and job retention services to program participants.  By providing these intervention programs TN will experience positive outcomes for released offenders resulting in higher rates of employment, improved readiness for work, improved stability in critical period after release due to employment and income, reduced recidivism and violation of supervision conditions.


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