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Future Directions in Re-entry: Collaboration for Safer Communities

2016 Statewide Jail Re-entry Conference


Speaker Bios

Presentation by Jesse Jannetta, Urban Institute

Building a Jail Re-entry System: Implementation Insights from the Transition from Jail to Community Initiative

Presentation by Dr. Faye S. Taxman, George Mason University

RNR: Building Capacity for Reducing Recidivism

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

Implementing and Using Risk and Needs Assessment in Jails

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.

The Virginia Goodwill Network: Evidence-Based Re-entry Services Throughout Virginia

Presentation by Mandi Smith Hixenbaugh, MEDIKO, PC

"Cooling a Catastrophe" - Mental Illness in Corrections

Presentation by Dr. Sarah Scarbrough, Richmond City Sheriff's Office

Providing Programming to a Transient Population

Presentation by Sherry Confer, Department of Medical Assistance Services

Governor's Access Plan for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Presentation by Dr. Jim May, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Offenders with Substance Use Disorders: Jail-Related Services that Work

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

Homelessness 101

Presentation by Dr. Allison Jackson, Integration Solutions, Inc.

What's Trauma Got to Do with It? Understanding the Impact of Trauma on the Well-Being of Adults

Presentation by Sonya Toney, Virginia Department of Corrections

     DeVon Simmons, Office of the Attorney General

Rejuvenation Your Re-entry Council

Presentation by E. Lee Williams, Division of Child Support Enforcement

     Cherri Sullivan, Division of Child Support Enforcement

     Deidra Bailey, Division of Child Support Enforcement

Division of Child Support Family Engagement Programs



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Lethality Assessment Program

Group photo from the Lethality Assessment Program training

Virginia Application for Training and Technical Assistance to Implement the Lethality Assessment Program

** LAP Trained Communities in Virginia **

Localities Trained @ the OAG Lethality Assessment Program and State Wide Partners 

Recognizing Dangerousness - Bench Guide

3X5 Printable Protocol Card

Sample General Order

Sample DVSP Policies

Sample MOU

For more information contact:

Andi Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

202 North Ninth Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219





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SAKI Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Grant

Attorney General Herring and the Department Forensic Science secured a $1.4 million grant for an ongoing project to test more than 2,000 untested Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs). A new change in state law will ensure that kits collected from July 1, 2016 are properly submitted to DFS for analysis. The Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Grant provides funding for the analysis of any untested kits that were collected in the gap between 2014 and the time the new law went into effect.


The SAKI grant will also allow the Department of Forensic Science to implement a new PERK tracking system. With this system, PERKs will be tracked at each step in the process, including their distribution as uncollected kits to the collection sites (e.g., hospitals) through collection, transfer to law enforcement, submission to the laboratory for analysis, and return to the law enforcement agency for storage.  All agencies handling kits will be granted access in order to update the status of each kit, and victims may use the system to check the status of the analysis of their kits. By tracking the status of kits entered into the system, DFS will be able to notify stakeholders when collected kits have not been appropriately submitted for analysis.


"Testing these kits is so important to help identify predators and to make connections between unsolved crimes, but it's also really important to show survivors that the Commonwealth stands with them and will help them pursue justice as part of their healing process," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "This is a big project, but we're going to see it through."


Press releases:

Poster Announcing SAKI Grant

Letter from Attorney General Herring to law enforcement agencies

Virginia Attorney General SAKI Handbook

National SAKI Website

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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Hosting a Screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit


Hosting a screening of the documentary film “Heroin: The Hardest Hit” is a great way to draw attention to the issue of heroin / opioid abuse, raise awareness of addiction in your community, and promote local resources in the arenas of education, prevention, and treatment.

If your agency wishes to organize a screening, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will gladly help.  OAG staff can assist with event planning and be on-hand at your screening with resource information from our office, and speakers are available to discuss our office’s heroin / prescription drug abuse initiatives. For assistance with planning your screening, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Consider the following as you begin planning your event:

1.       Determine your audience 

Is this a staff inservice?  An educational forum for clients served by your agency/organization?  A school program?  A community town hall open to the public?  Give some thought to your target audience and your goals for the screening.

2.       Identify your planning partners

Most successful screenings include a variety of community partners as part of the planning process to help inform program content and promote your event to their constituents.  Partners can include local law enforcement, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, treatment providers, school administrators, and other allied professionals.

3.       Select your date, time, and venue

Popular places to hold film screenings include libraries, auditoriums, and other public meeting spaces. You might also look into hosting the screening at a local movie theater.  Make sure that the venue you choose has appropriate seating and the equipment you need to show the documentary (ex. projector, screen, laptop to show the DVD or projector, screen, laptop, and internet access if you are streaming the video through the YouTube link).  Test audio in advance to make sure you your attendees are able to easily hear the film from all seats in the venue.

4.       Plan your program

While some agencies have simply hosted a viewing of the documentary (there are 43-minute and 30-minute versions), a number of groups have organized screenings in conjunction with educational forums on heroin use and opiate misuse.  Some screenings have included remarks from law enforcement or a prosecutor to discuss local arrest/court data, treatment providers to discuss treatment options, and/or testimony from someone successful in recovery (a message of hope).  Some screenings have included a personal story from someone who has lost a loved one to overdose.  Others have included panel discussions and town hall-style question/answer periods.  Most include some sort of resource fair with exhibits from local organizations to provide information about prevention and treatment resources.   The possibilities are endless!


Office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring

Commonwealth of Virginia





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