On November 12, 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, along with Virginia Cares and US Probation and Parole, hosted the Roanoke Area Reentry Summit. Over 100 people attended a day full of discussion, inspiration and networking to ensure a more positive transition from prison to home for ex-offenders, their families and their communities.
Around the District
Letters written by students of Venable Elementary School to US Attorney Heaphy and AUSA Ron Huber thanking them for teaching them about the justice system.
US Attorney’s Office Teams with Venable Elementary School to hold Mock Trial (updated 3/25/13 with letters from students)
Winchester School Welcomes United States Attorney's Office. Federal Prosecutors Stress Importance of Internet Safety.
U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and friends mingle at the Northeast Neighborhood Environmental Organization (NNEO).
Tim reads to second grade students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Harrisonburg. The appreciative audience listens as Tim reads a story about Helen Keller and her perseverance. Thanks to a DOJ grant, James Madison University and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County are studying effective mentoring practices.
Welcome to the Community Outreach webpage. The Western District of Virginia is unique among the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country because of our three year, pilot crime prevention initiative. We are:
- Bringing people together in communities and sharing information on crime prevention
- Promoting best practices in crime prevention and reentry
- Matching organizations to resources, and
- Reaching out to special groups in our area to strengthen ties to law enforcement.
We are grateful for the warm welcome the U.S. Attorney’s office has received in communities throughout Western Virginia and for the solid crime prevention undertaken by hundreds of non-profits, businesses, service providers, schools, volunteers, churches and law enforcement organizations.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has experts in a wide variety of fields – Internet safety for children, sovereign citizens movement, law in Iraq, effective anti-gang strategies, environmental law, and other wide ranging topics - who would be pleased to speak to your group. Please let us hear from you if you would like a speaker.
Thank you for keeping Western Virginia safe and our youth engaged in positive, productive activities.
Acting Community Outreach Coordinator
Police Chief Chris Perkins walks with
volunteers committed to crime prevention in their neighborhoods.
The Western District of Virginia includes Frederick County to the north, east to Louisa, south to Halifax, and west to Lee County - two thirds of the Commonwealth.
Winchester, Charlottesville, Lexington, Buena Vista, Covington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Salem, Radford, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Danville, Martinsville, Bristol, Bedford, Marion and Pulaski, are the largest cities and towns.
We have large rural expanses and border West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Neighborhood watches, community walks, Internet safety classes, strong schools, addiction treatment, reentry programs, parks and recreation activities, scouting. Numerous organizations, numerous activities are capable of deterring crime. Realizing that we can never “arrest” our way out of Virginia’s criminal justice challenges, our office’s emphasis is on finding and supporting successful, evidence-based prevention programs undertaken throughout our District. We hope to stand hand-in-hand with leaders in your community to help keep kids in school and on the path to successful lives.
How can you be involved?
Federal, state and local resources are all available for crime prevention.
Contact your local police department to see how to join a neighborhood watch organization.
Grant Opportunities, see Funding
Our office supports viable prisoner reentry programs as a means of promoting public safety. We do this with direct participation in federal reentry courts and support for organizations providing reentry services.
Several United States District Judges in the Western District of Virginia have established reentry courts. The participants in these courts are supervised releases and probationers. At reentry court sessions, our judges monitor the adjustment of these ex-offenders back into their communities. Successful completion of the monitoring program can result in a reduction in time under supervision.
In Abingdon, the court holds a monthly reentry court for probationers with addiction challenges who are trying to stay clean and become productive citizens.
In Roanoke, reentry court is held for probationers who are challenged in today’s tough economy and are working to improve their marketable skills.
Roanoke also holds a pre-trial session of the court specifically to meet the needs of addicted veterans whose substance abuse has brought them in to the criminal justice system.
In addition to participating in reentry courts, our office supports ongoing reentry programs around the District by sharing and providing information and resources with reentry service providers, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety, U.S. Probation and Parole, and other entities.
Here are a few informational resources we are pleased to provide.
- The National Reentry Resource Center
- Virginia Department of Social Services Prisoner Reentry Programs
- Virginia CARES
- Legal Aid Justice Center
- "The Wrong Family:" Virginia's Anti-Gang Video
- "The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs:" Virginia's Youth Anti-Gang Video
Because our community outreach program is a three year, pilot project, we’ve been visiting cities and towns throughout the Western District to learn what challenges you face regarding crime. Outreach never really ends – we can never learn all there is to know about every community we need to know it in, but we will continue to try and find the best practices in crime prevention and reentry we can, to tell you what resources we know of, and to put you in touch with other like minded neighborhoods. Please contact us if you have information you think needs to be listed or linked to our webpage, or if you can’t find the resources you’re looking for to keep your community safe.
Have a crime problem, or a solution? Ideas for us to help? Need information?
Assistant United States Attorney/Community Outreach Coordinator
United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia
255 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902