Prisoner Re-entry Town Hall Meeting and Family Resource Fair

June 26 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Virginia Beach Reentry Council is hosting a Prisoner Re-entry Town Hall Meeting and Family Resource Fair on June 26 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library located at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. The event will include a panel presentation to address individual questions from the audience and a resource fair to assist families who have an incarcerated or returning member.   City staff and representatives from local agencies and faith based organizations will be on hand to address barriers and answer questions regarding programs and services designed to help ex-offenders successfully return to the community.

Pre-registration is requested for each person attending to ensure adequate materials and handouts are available.

  Online registration is preferred: Click Here or on the link under related information at http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/Pages/VirginiaBeachReentryCouncil.aspx  

To register by telephone, call Sarah Corrado at 757-385-0876

The Virginia Beach Reentry Council was convened by the Virginia Department of Corrections Adult Probation and Parole District Office and the Human Services Department in October 2011 as a collaborative approach to maximizing effective use of existing resources to assist returning offenders in their transition from incarceration back into society.  The Council’s goal is to remove barriers and provide strategies to enable returning citizens to become productive contributing members of society. 

With approximately 2,517 men and women on supervised probation and or parole living in the City of Virginia Beach, re-entry can be a significant challenge for the returning citizen and for the community.   Individuals released often have few resources and difficulty finding jobs, housing or help. National studies show that approximately two-thirds will be arrested again within three years of release.

 

To meet this challenge Virginia has developed a comprehensive integrated system for coordinating the planning and provision of offender transitional and reentry services among state, local, civic, nonprofit and faith-based agencies and organizations. To learn more about the Virginia Community Reentry Approach visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/community/prisoner_reentry/.  For more information on reentry of juveniles, visit http://www.djj.virginia.gov/Initiatives/Reentry.aspx.

 

The Human Services Department provides programs, benefits, services, activities and resources for children and adults such as self-sufficiency, food assistance, medical assistance and family and domestic violence services.  The mission of Probation and Parole programs is to enhance public safety by positively impacting offenders so they will lead pro-social and crime-free lives.  For more information contact CPO Lancelot James at 757-385-6311 or Director of Social Services, Alexis Zoss at 757-385-3262; or visit Virginia Beach Reentry Council.aspx.

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