TRANSITION COACHING PROGRAM
The Transitional Coaching Program provides volunteer mentors to support people who are transitioning back into Elkhart County from Indiana Department of Corrections.
The mentor-coaches provide support to those incarcerated in Indiana Department of Corrections and who will be released back into our community. The mentor-coaches will work in teams to provide support for the returnees aiding in the transition back into our community and therefore decreasing the likelihood of committing new offenses.
In 2011, 644 adults (549 male, 95 female) returned to Elkhart County after incarceration by the Indiana Department of Correction. Nearly two thirds are rearrested within three years, and 40-50% are re-incarcerated. Coaches are required to commit at least 18 months to ex-offenders: 6 months prior to release from prison and 12 months after release. CCJ provides robust training and careful screening mechanisms for mentors before pairing them with returnees in both gender and culturally appropriate matches.
Ultimately, crime will be decreased as a result of the support provided through this programming. The idea, work, and design of this program was a collaboration of many different people throughout our county and we sincerely thank everyone for all of their work and time.