Through partnerships with nearly 1,500 reentry agencies nationwide, CBI staff have helped thousands of men and women access the resources they need for success after incarceration. This service is available to all returning individuals, whether or not they are students of CBI, and it is offered free of charge. Common areas of assistance include access to housing, employment, job preparation, community support, rehab centers and surrounding churches.
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HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
- A person in prison makes initial contact with CBI to request reentry assistance.
- CBI sends the individual a reentry profile questionnaire and an informational letter explaining the reentry program and the process for receiving assistance.
- The individual requesting assistance completes the questionnaire and mails it back to CBI with his or her release date, location and other helpful information. CBI goes to work researching prospective reentry agencies.
- Once CBI staff identify suitable agencies, the information is forwarded to the person requesting assistance.
- The individual determines which agencies are most suitable and contacts the programs to express interest.
- Upon release, the individual receives all the help he or she needs to stay on the right path during this vital transition.
- Who is eligible to receive reentry assistance from CBI? Any person who is incarcerated is eligible to receive reentry assistance. However, CBI will also provide letters of recommendation and referrals to reentry agencies for CBI students. We encourage non-CBI students to enroll in our program by requesting a student enrollment form.
- Is there a cost for reentry assistance? All services are provided free of charge to any returning individual in need of help.
- What if an incarcerated person does not know his or her release date? That’s okay. CBI will still provide the individual with information regarding reentry ministries in the area of his or her release. We ask for the release date to determine who needs assistance first.
- What if the reentry ministry won’t accept the person being released due to lack of space or some other reason? Under certain circumstances, this may happen. However, CBI will go to work again and locate other options for the person. We never leave a person empty-handed.
- Will you contact the reentry ministry for the individual in prison? CBI is able to submit letters of recommendation for students who have successfully completed Tier 1 courses. These letters are based on the merit of our detailed student records.
- Will CBI provide assistance for individuals convicted of a sex offense? Yes, we will provide assistance to any person being released from prison regardless of his or her criminal offense. Crossroad Bible Institute does not take a person’s criminal history into account when determining eligibility for reentry assistance.