We’ve Got Your Back

Supporting the reintegration of offenders every step of the way.

Under the theme of Mental Health, this #NOURISH team worked with various partners in the Criminal Justice field to develop an offender reintegration program. This was designed to bring awareness and also to establish direct supports to offenders leaving incarceration while creating an empathy-based academic initiative for students and faculty to incorporate into the current curriculum.

What Is "We've Got Your Back"

1. It is not mandatory to find a community partner right away to complete the bag, guide, or the empathy letter.

2. Red Drawstring Bags

3. For the items being put inside the bag.

4. An additional website for items being put in the bag.

5. Letter template: Letter

What To Include In Your Kit
  • Drawstring bag
  • Inkjet printer
  • Empathy Letter assignment
  • Lip balm
  • Retractable pens and notebook
  • Water bottle
  • Wet wipes
  • Tooth brush & Travel Toothpaste
  • Shaving foam
  • Socks
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner (2 in 1)
  • Body and face wash (2 in 1)
  • Brush holder.
How To Start a "We've Got Your Back" Movement

Letter and Backpack Movement:

Step 1: Find a community partner to help assist you in creating and supplying the bag for offenders exiting a provincial prison.

Step 2: Produce the bag, putting the nourish logo on the front.

Step 3: Create the Road to Nourish guide with all the contact information of all the available resources within your community. Any food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, employment centres, mental health centres, hospitals, ontario works and ontario disability contact information. Any other resource that could assist in helping an offender reintegrate back into society without reoffending.

Step 4: Find the products that are needed to be put inside the bag such as socks, deodorant, shampoo, bodywash, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpasete, kleenex, wipes, notebook, pen, water bottle preferrably in bulk.

Step 5: Encourage the letter to be implemented into the Community Justice Service’s curriculum. The letter template is located below in Additional Details.

Step 6: Have students write an empathic letter to offenders who are close to being released.

Step 7: Bring the set of letters inside the prison. This will let offenders know the bag will be waiting for them when they exit the prison. Also, it will show them a sense of hope that some people will not stereotype them due to their past.

Step 8: Present the bag (with the list of supplies and the Road to Nourish guide inside the bag) and, the empathy letter to a probation officer.

Theme: Mental Health
Initial Sponsor: Georgian College
Program: Community Justice Services
Semester: Winter 2018
Designed For: Probation Offices, Community Residential Facilities, Provincial Prisons, Court Houses, Ontario Works
Supporting: Offenders
Additional Keywords: Empathy, Community

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