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 programs connects returning citizens with mentors with shared lived experiences and have have similar backgrounds to those involved in the criminal justice system and are uniquely positioned to credibly relate to program participants.
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 to re-emerging citizens providing valuable information on housing, employment, government assistance programs, and how to comply with statutory mandates of their 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. BRN has enjoyed extraordinary success in that less than 2% of the more than 200 people we have assisted since our founding have been charged with a new offense. This is no accident, as statistics have shown that recidivism is reduced when there is a hands-on approach and peer support offered to individuals. BRN has provided services that have been key to successful transitions that give people hope for an improved future and life.