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Funder: U.S. Department of Justice

Award Amount: $265,944 (FY2009-FY2011)

Topic: Prisoner mentoring and reentry services, pre and post release

ARCHS was the only organization in Missouri to be awarded first round "Second Chance Act" funding from U.S. Dept. of Justice.

ARCHS partnered with Missouri Dept. of Corrections to implement the innovative mentoring program in three state prisons (located in Pacific, Vandalia, and Farmington). During the two-year program, 258 ex-offenders were served. The vast majority (98%) of these ex-offenders served by ARCHS' mentoring program did not recidivate, with only 2.4% having returned to prison. The program's impact achieved impressive results, compared with the national and state average recidivism rate of more than 35% returning to prison.

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Graphic: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 27, 2008