In Support of Local Reentry Initiative In The Charlottesville/Albemarle Community


WHEREAS,      the Code of Virginia directs the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety to establish a system for coordinating the planning and provision of reentry services for offenders; and


WHEREAS,      the Virginia Policy Academy has established the Virginia Reentry Pilot Program in five localities focusing on state prisoners and one local jail focusing on local inmates; and


WHEREAS,      the Charlottesville/Albemarle Community has been identified to pilot a local reentry program to integrate service delivery and interagency collaboration to prepare inmates for successful transition into their communities upon release from incarceration; and


WHEREAS,      the OAR/Jefferson Area Community Corrections (OAR), in conjunction with the Department of Social Services (DSS), Region Ten Community Services Board (CSB), the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ), and other local government and private organizations have developed a pilot program known as the Local Reentry Initiative, whose main goal and focus are working to reduce recidivism rates for inmates transitioning to the community; and


WHEREAS,      the Local Reentry Initiative led by a steering committee has developed four sub-committees to address the roadblocks to a successful reentry program, which are the Financial Obligations, Housing and Community Resource Sub-Committees; the Employment and Education Sub-Committee; the Social Reintegration Sub-Committee; and the Health-Mental Health-Substance Abuse Sub-Committee; and


WHEREAS,      OAR staff will work in conjunction with the ACRJ staff to develop an “action plan” comprised of a “pre-release” and a “post release” plan to promote the safe and successful return of formerly incarcerated individuals to our community by promoting a comprehensive support system that reduces violence and recidivism, and promotes public safety;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors fully supports and endorses the reentry program developed by the Local Reentry Initiative and ask that all government and private agencies and citizens give their support in assisting our fellow citizens returning to the community.



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