Organizations, individuals, and businesses from across Franklin County have come together for Reentry Week 2021 to highlight wellness, families, youth, businesses, and policies for meaningful and lasting re-entry.
What is Reentry Week?
President Joseph R. Biden stated in his March 31, 2021 Proclamation on Second Chance Month, 2021:
“More than 600,000 individuals return to their communities from State and Federal prisons every year. Transitioning back into society can be overwhelming for those who are formerly incarcerated as well as their families and communities. Too many individuals face unfair legal and practical barriers to reentry. The reentry process is complicated in the best of times, and is even more so with the additional difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We must commit to second chances from the earliest stages of our criminal justice system. Supporting second chances means, for example, diverting individuals who have used illegal drugs to drug court programs and treatment instead of prison. It requires eliminating exceedingly long sentences and mandatory minimums that keep people incarcerated longer than they should be. It means providing quality job training and educational opportunities during incarceration to prepare individuals for the 21st century economy. And it means reinvesting the savings from reduced incarceration into reentry programs and social services that prevent recidivism and leave us all better off.”
Central Ohio organizations, individuals, and groups have come together to make this year’s Reentry Week as impactful and collaborative as possible. We hope that you join us in this celebration and as we support our friends, family, and community members who have been incarcerated.
Entrepreneurship, Work, and Housing (Monday, April 26th ), Finding Our Way (Tuesday, April 27th ), Juvenile Justice (Wednesday, April 28th ), Faith, Family, and Relationships (Thursday, April 29th ), and Policy and Practice (Friday, April 30th ). Each day will also include community “pop-ups,” helping people access IDs, driver’s license relief, and other critical needs post–release.
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