Our Mission is to build a strong, national network of returning citizens who support each others successful reintegration to their communities and to elevate their leadership by advocating for policy reforms that promote restorative practices and reductions in incarceration.
Our vision is to reinvest in safe and healthy communities, create more living wage jobs, permanent housing and economic self-sufficiency for returning citizens.
The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.
By Ted Wachtel, IIRP Founder
The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens was formed in 2010, the Co-Founder Courtney Stewart was mentoring previously incarcerated individuals who had returned to the community and found themselves displaced and frustrated. Mr. Stewart began to introduce these men and women to a discipline life that required a certain kind of focus and commitment, a new life one that required self-governing and high support. After introducing these men and women to spiritual principles and a way to resolve their issues, the Network was formed. Many of the people who make up the Network has experience great success, family reunification, job retention and running successful businesses and getting involved in community and criminal justice reform.