The Baystate Reentry Network (BRN), formally known as the Boston Release Network, is a dedicated group of volunteers helping individuals involved with the justice system and their families successfully navigate the transition back into the community upon release from incarceration.
Our program connects returning citizens with mentors that have similar backgrounds navigating a successful return to the community after involvement in the criminal justice system. This shared life experience uniquely positions our mentors to credibly relate to program participants and fosters trust and accountability.
With a client-driven approach, our volunteers engage participants to establish trusting relationships and facilitate a path forward based on an individual’s needs. Our volunteers assist with pre-release planning, help returning citizens establish community supports, and work with their families to prepare for a participant’s return.
Since 2012, BRN has been dedicated to successfully reintegrating released persons into the community.
To give our clients the support and the tools necessary for a meaningful transition.
BRN is an essential resource for re-emerging citizens, providing valuable information critical to re-entry success in areas such as housing, employment, government assistance programs, and compliance with the statutory mandates of probation and registration laws.
We have found that once individuals are released and given appropriate guidance and resources, they can find success and regain a role in society. Since our founding, BRN has enjoyed extraordinary success supporting re-emerging citizens – over 97% of our participants have transitioned successfully back into the community and have never been charged with a new offense. This is no accident, as statistics show that recidivism is reduced when there is a hands-on approach to re-entry and meaningful peer support is offered to individuals. BRN has provided services that have been key to successful transitions that give people hope for an improved future and life.