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William Lispcomb

"Everybody wants to know that they're cared about that they matter. When you mentor someone you're able to share some of your experiences and encourage them. A lot of the time, they're just looking for somebody to talk to. A listening ear is the best medicine."

Debra Lipscomb,
Program Mentor


Second Chance Mentoring

Second Chance Mentoring

Help KISRA Provide a Second Chance to Someone in Need 

The Second Chance Mentoring Program is designed to help non-violent offenders reclaim their place in the community, stabilize their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. 

The Need
  • West Virginia’s prison population has tripled since 1990.

  • The increase in prison population is almost entirely related to West Virginia’s increasing drug problem.

  • Possession or use of alcohol or drugs was cited in 78% of technical parole revocations and 65% of revocations for new crimes in 2011.


Why Give a Second Chance

The participants of the Second Chance Mentoring Program are non-violent offenders who have paid their debt to society. A supportive positive role model at this crucial time in their lives can mean all the difference in making their transition back into their community successful.


How the Program Works

Prior to Release

Second Chance Program Staff will work with participants to:

  • Evaluate needs

  • Develop a plan for success upon release

  • Provide weekly curriculum-based training sessions

  • Match participant with volunteer mentor


Second Chance Mentors will:

  • Receive training from Second Chance Program Staff

  • Begin contacting participant through letters and phone calls


Upon Release

Second Chance Staff will:

  • Continue Case Management

  • Continue curriculum-based training with participants

  • Organize and facilitate group activities for mentors and participants

  • Provide ongoing support to both participants and mentors


Second Chance Mentors will:

  • Participate in group activities with participant

  • Receive ongoing training

  • Play a vital role in participant’s long-term success

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