(828) 251-6089 info@mediatewnc.org 40 N French Broad Ave

Re-Entry Mediation

Relationships Matter.

The Mediation Center’s Re-entry Mediation program at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women rebuilds relationships between incarcerated women and their families. Any formerly incarcerated community member can also use our mediation services after release.

Leaving prison is exceptionally stressful. People re-entering the community often lack the basics—a safe place to live, a job, a car, clothing, and money for food. Additionally, the conditions that led to incarceration often leave incarcerated people and their families feeling mistrust, shame, anger, hurt, and resentment.

96% of incarcerated people will be released from prison and rejoin the community. Having strong and supportive relationships is one of the most important predictors of success after release.

Re-entry Mediation provides the opportunity for currently and formerly incarcerated people to sit down face-to-face with family members or loved ones  to talk through past harms and future plans with the help of mediators.

These are often very difficult conversations. Families have rarely had the time or privacy to talk through these concerns. They are often not on the same page about what their relationship will look like after release, or what housing, financial, and social support will be available.

Through this confidential and non-judgmental process, families are able to talk about what’s important to them and make a plan.

Re-entry Mediation works. A 10-year study of this mediation model shows that participation in one mediation session reduces 5-year recidivism by 10%, and additional mediation sessions cause an additional 8% decrease.

Click here to learn more about the evidence-based re-entry mediation model.

There is no cost for this service. Please call (828) 251-6089 x214 or e-mail communitymediation@mediatewnc.org.

“We’ve tried to work all this out before, but we can’t ever get anywhere because the only time we can talk is in 15 minute phone calls. It’s just not enough time.  Or during visitation, when everybody else can overhear.  And we were so angry that we just couldn’t communicate without a mediator. Today we actually worked things out.  Before this, I thought I was going to be homeless.  Thank you.”
– Re-entry mediation participant