Ex-offenders returning from jail often face a complex transition back into the community. Across the Commonwealth there is a growing movement to provide re-entry services to ex-offenders returning to the community because these programs have been found to reduce recidivism, reduce crime, and save taxpayer dollars. In recent years, Virginia has developed a comprehensive plan to address re-entry and recidivism reduction for state inmates, but locally based correctional facilities are left with little guidance or resources. Due to the autonomy of local jails, there has been no state-led or funded re-entry program, and localities are not eligible to participate in state Department of Corrections’ programs.
Recognizing this gap in service, Attorney General Mark Herring has created the Commonwealth’s first ever Statewide Re-entry Coordinator position to help local sheriffs prepare inmates for release and connect them with local community stakeholders. The Statewide Re-entry Coordinator assists with the formation of local community councils, re-entry forums, and connecting housing, employment, behavior health and substance abuse services.
A web portal is under development to aid Sheriffs with their re-entry efforts. This portal will serve as a collection of re-entry data, will include examples of assessment materials, different re-entry strategies for implementation, local community resources and resource kits.
Learn more about our recent 2016 Statewide Jail Re-entry Conference:
Future Directions in Re-entry: Collaboration for Safer Communities
Presentation by Jesse Jannetta, Urban Institute
Presentation by Dr. Faye S. Taxman, George Mason University
Presentation by Rebecca McNees, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Peggy Howard, Newport News Sheriff's Office
Major Mandy Lambert, Prince William - Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center
Presentation by Mary Ann Gilmer, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
Angela M. Cardwell, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
Nathaniel S. Hvizdos, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Presentation by Mandi Smith Hixenbaugh, MEDIKO, PC
Presentation by Dr. Sarah Scarbrough, Richmond City Sheriff's Office
Presentation by Sherry Confer, Department of Medical Assistance Services
Presentation by Dr. Jim May, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Panel Discussion Led by Sheriff Beth Arthur, Arlington Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Gabe Morgan, Newport News Sheriff's Office
Major Amanda Trent, Western Virginia Regional Jail
Leadership in Re-entry
Presentation by Hunter Snellings, Virginia Housing Alliance
Kathy Robertson, Homeless and Special Needs Housing
Kelly King Horne, Homeward/Greater Richmond Continuum of Care
Presentation by Dr. Allison Jackson, Integration Solutions, Inc.
Presentation by Sonya Toney, Virginia Department of Corrections
DeVon Simmons, Office of the Attorney General
Presentation by E. Lee Williams, Division of Child Support Enforcement
Cherri Sullivan, Division of Child Support Enforcement
Deidra Bailey, Division of Child Support Enforcement