Collaborative effort to give incarcerated people a "Roadmap to Successful Reentry"

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Wednesday - April 27, 2016.

The RMO's latest collaborative effort is the "Roadmap to Successful Reentry" - a pocket-sized guide to help people incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison to prepare for release. The "Roadmap" covers every major aspect of life, including food, clothing, housing, transportation, family matters, employment, healthcare, mental health, addiction, financial matters, education and other needs. Staff at the Prison will give every person coming into LCP a copy of the Roadmap at intake, so they can begin thinking about and planning for release.

The "Roadmap" was created through a collaborative effort between many RMO partner agencies, including Lancaster County Prison, Lancaster County Adult Probation & Parole, Bridge to Community, Healing Communities partner churches, Tabor, Transitional Living Center, Spanish American Civic Association, Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, CareerLink, MidPenn Legal Services, Ambassadors for Hope, Compassionate House Aftercare, Mental Health America, Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Lancaster County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services, and others.

Participants in the RMO's Reentry life skills course at Lancaster County Prison as well as returning citizens in the RMO's Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Group provided input about what should be covered in the "Roadmap", based on what they most needed to know as they tried to prepare for release from incarceration and to navigate out into the community.

Funding for printing of the "Roadmap to Successful Reentry" is being provided by Bridge to Community and the Art & Selma Walters Trust. The "Roadmap" is a terrific example of the great things that can happen when agencies work collaboratively toward a common goal and collective impact for the good of the whole community.

Here's a recent Lancaster Newspapers article about the "Roadmap": 

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/the-new-way-lancaster-county-prison-is-helping-inmates-released/article_06f7f5c0-08c4-11e6-bd6a-738b89d99bab.html

And here are links to a downloadable version of the Roadmap (designed to be printed on legal-sized paper, double-sided, folded in half lengthwise, then accordion folded into 5 small sections to fit into wallet or pocket)

 

 

 

About the Author

Melanie G. Snyder

Melanie G. Snyder

Melanie G. Snyder serves as the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO). She was a featured TEDx speaker at the first-ever TEDx event in Lancaster.  http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Breaking-out-of-prison-thinking 

She is an NIC-certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist, a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, and a certified instructor for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Healing Communities model. She is also a trained restorative justice mediator.

Prior to Melanie's involvement with the RMO, she spent several years researching and writing the book Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity (Brethren Press, 2009), which tells the true story of a woman who volunteered in Pennsylvania's state prisons for over 30 years, creating inmate education and reentry programs based on principles of restorative justice. After Grace Goes to Prison was published, Melanie traveled throughout the United States, doing speaking engagements and meeting with other reentry and restorative justice professionals to discuss criminal justice issues and exchange information and ideas.