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  Each year more than 650,000 inmates are released from Federal and State prisons to be reunited with their communities and families. Statistics have shown as many as two out of three returning inmates will be re-arrested within three years of release.

Our Ie3© Mentorship Program provides a four tier, holistic approach in addressing recidivism. Our four step process begins at INCARCERATION and moves through Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship; our program establishes a purposeful mentor/mentee relationship.


The reentry process must be started within the first month of incarceration during intake and assessment of the inmate. A case manager will conduct a full risk/needs assessment. Duties include screening, evaluation, analysis, and pre-release planning in order to determine the appropriate social service agency to meet identified needs working in conjunction with the mentor coordinator. Services include: medical and behavioral health treatment, public/private workforce development assistance, and connections with community and faith-based organizations who can liaise with the families of inmates and other relevant groups.

View the video below about Incarceration in NJ

Based on the risk/needs assessment, mentors will be matched with inmates for at least one year. Mentors will work with community organizations and the menteesí family to bridge the gap between life inside and outside prison. Statistics have shown that mentorship programs have reduced recidivism by 50% nationwide. Furthermore, the New Jersey Legislature recently passed a historic package of bills that are in alignment with the Nehemiah Groupís vision to stop the revolving door of recidivism, strengthen families and cut costs to taxpayers by preparing incarcerated individuals for work and removing barriers to work after they are released from prison.

The Revolving Door

"About 18,000 inmates are released annually from New Jersey correctional facilities with a 70% recidivism rate."

The word reentry was first used by astronauts to signify the trip by spacecrafts back to earth. Now the word is better understood as a process of leaving prison and reintegrating back into the community. From outer space to earth, from prison to our communities, the process of reentry must be meticulously managed in order to be successful.