WPR: Milwaukee County mentorship program would help incarcerate individuals with their reentry into the community.
Individuals being released from the Milwaukee County House of Corrections could be paired with community members who have had their own experiences with the justice system.
The mentorship is part of a county reentry pilot program local officials are considering to lower recidivism rates in Milwaukee County for young adults leaving the jail.
County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor said barriers to finding housing and a job often cause people to commit another crime. She believes connecting people who are leaving the Milwaukee County House of Corrections with community members who have similar experiences will keep them out of the justice system.
"Reentering the community is incredibly difficult for individuals who do not have access to necessary support both while incarcerated and as they transition back into life outside a correctional facility," Taylor said. "There is so much more that we can do to prepare people to successfully come home and make sure that they stay home."
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