Memphis and Shelby County join communities nationwide in prioritizing reentry success. With an average daily population of 2,200 individuals at the Shelby County Division of Corrections (“SCDC”) and over 9,000 community residents on supervision by the Tennessee Department of Correction (“TDOC”), providing an effective response to the needs of returning citizens is a critical community need. The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Reentry (“MSCOR”) is a meaningful response to that need.
A partnership organization that connects community providers, local and state government, and a broad base of civic leaders, MSCOR brings essential reentry resources within a single entity and to a single location. To returning citizens, MSCOR offers a “HUB” for referral and access to reentry support services. To resource providers, MSCOR offers best practice information, a referral source, and grant opportunities. Finally, to the community, MSCOR provides a repository for data, a neutral organization to measure results and identify service needs, and a platform through which community resources can be leveraged and aligned for maximum impact.
At the MSCOR HUB, a key staff functions include client intake, navigation, and monitoring activities to connect Shelby County’s returning citizens to critical resources and gather data on the success of those connections. Case Management focus is on building connections to these resources:
- Disability and Other Benefits
- Education and Training Supports
- Employment Referral and Workforce Development
- Housing Supports
- Identification Replacement
- Physical and Behavioral Health Supports
MSCOR staff offers classes to support education, workforce readiness, and personal development. Classes taught by trained MSCOR staff and other professionals is available to all participants, and will be offered in rolling 4-week cycles throughout the year.
MSCOR partners with community providers that offer returning citizens resources to increase self-sufficiency, build a healthy mindset and lifestyle, and increase family and community engagement. Partners housed inside and outside of the HUB work to connect returning citizens to key resources, reporting results through a shared data platform.
MSCOR will work to support community partners and the community at large by providing resources and opportunities, including:
- Research and best practice information
- Training opportunities
- Funding for reentry services
- Reentry data and reentry data analysis
- Information and data to support quality improvement among community providers
- Local and state reentry advocacy
A safe community with well-resourced individuals, families, and neighborhoods.
To help citizens returning from incarceration navigate a holistic network of community services designed to restore dignity and confidence while providing opportunities for individual and family success.
The values set forth below reflect guidance from historic reentry efforts, described above, and were fully articulated by community stakeholders who participated in the Justice Group. These values have been adopted by MSCOR to guide its philosophical and operational functions:
- Successful reentry of returning citizens is in the entire community’s best interest
- All returning citizens should have a fair opportunity to successfully reenter the community
- Given a fair opportunity, returning citizens are ultimately responsible for the success of their reentry process
- All stakeholders--government, community and faith-based institutions, businesses, returning citizens and their families--bring essential resources and expertise for a comprehensive system for successful reentry
Holistic, evidence-based support services for returning citizens deliver the greatest return on investment