FSA – LIFE CONNECTIONS PROGRAM Residential 2022
|Program Description is taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide, 1/2022||The Life Connections Program (LCP) is a faith-based reentry program designed to address religious beliefs and value systems. Participants are connected with a community mentor at the institution and with a faith-based or community organization at their release destination. The LCP is an 18-month residential program aimed at strengthening participants’ understanding of what it means to live and work effectively in the community.
The LCP is open to inmates of all faiths and those who have no religious background. Participants approach the program from their own faith teachings or values-based background. The program uses standardized curricula including interactive journaling in a therapeutic group setting. It seeks to engage participants in community service projects, victim impact, mentoring, healthy living skill development, and release preparation.
The LCP uses agency chaplains and mentor coordinators as well as contracted spiritual guides, community mentors, and volunteers to work in small groups and one-on-one with program participants. This gives participants the opportunity to learn from others. Upon release, the LCP connects them with continued community mentoring and faith group support for these returning citizens.
|Hours||This program is typically completed in 500 hours.|
|Program Delivery||To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, the Life Connections Program must be delivered by Chaplaincy Services staff or appropriately credentialed volunteers or contractors.|
|Institution Locations||FCC Petersburg (L)
FCI Milan (L)
FMC Carswell (F)
USP Leavenworth (M)
USP Terre Haute (H)
FCI Aliceville (F)
Key: (L) = Low;
(M) = Medium;
(H) = High;
(F) = Female