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MnCoSA, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Address: 1450 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55108  
United States
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 65
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Mission Statement


When offenders return to their communities after completing their sentence, they may receive limited social support. Having a lack of support may increase the risk of re-offense. The mission of MnCoSA is to substantially reduce the risk of future sexual victimization by supporting people convicted of sexual offenses as they reenter the community and lead responsible, productive, and accountable lives

Description


Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA) is based on a successful, nationally recognized restorative justice model. A Circle is made up of Circle Members (volunteers), a Core Member (an individual released from prison), and an Outer Circle of professionals. Circle Members work in teams of 4-7 with a Core Member and are supported by an Outer Circle of professionals. Circles meet regularly to provide support to the Core Member as he/she begins to lead a responsible, productive, and accountable life while working on reintegration into the community. This includes tasks such as: finding housing, employment, transportation, medical assistance, mental/chemical health care, friendship and acceptance. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in being a positive example in the life of someone who is facing a difficult life transition or wants to be involved in the criminal justice field. As part of the MnCoSA process staff will take volunteers into a correctional facility in order to begin meeting with their Core Member before he/she is released. This program provides a vivid view of what it's like to re-enter society and provides an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.

Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA) is based on a successful, nationally recognized restorative justice model. A Circle is made up of Circle Members (volunteers), a Core Member (an individual released from prison), and an Outer Circle of professionals. Circle Members work in teams of 4-7 with a Core Member and are supported by an Outer Circle of professionals. Circles meet regularly to provide support to the Core Member as he/she begins to lead a responsible, productive, and accountable life while working on reintegration into the community. This includes tasks such as: finding housing, employment, transportation, medical assistance, mental/chemical health care, friendship and acceptance. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in being a positive example in the life of someone who is facing a difficult life transition or wants to be involved in the criminal justice field. As part of the MnCoSA process staff will take volunteers into a correctional facility in order to begin meeting with their Core Member before he/she is released. This program provides a vivid view of what it's like to re-enter society and provides an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.

Mission Statement: When offenders return to their communities after completing their sentence, they may receive limited social support. Having a lack of support may increase the risk of re-offense. The mission of MnCoSA is to substantially reduce the risk of future sexual victimization by supporting people convicted of sexual offenses as they reenter the community and lead responsible, productive, and accountable lives

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Other Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


Yes