Community Outreach

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.
Pictured from left to right: Timothy J. Heaphy, Jessica Miller, Chris Zych

Pictured from left to right: Ted Edlich, Crystal Hypes, Ann Fisher, W.R. Good, Jake Fletcher, Mercedies Harris, Bryan Murphy, Earl Edwards

Pictured from left to right:  Timothy J. Heaphy, Superintendent Bobby Russell, Sheriff Jack Weisenburger, Warden Chris Zych

Around the District

Community Stakeholder’s Meeting on Heroin is an Important First Step

Recent Items

Roanoke Area Reentry Summit a Success

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.

Appalachian School of Law Hosts United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy

US Attorney’s Office Teams with Venable Elementary School to hold Mock Trial (updated 3/25/13 with letters from students)

Roanoke Valley Prescription Drug Take Back Numbers Up, Again

Washington County Celebrates First Drug Recovery Education and Monitoring Court Graduation.

US Attorney Joins Local Leaders In Announcing Grants.

Winchester School Welcomes United States Attorney's Office. Federal Prosecutors Stress Importance of Internet Safety.

United States Attorney's Office Offering Parent Training.


Tim Heaphy presents award

Tim Heaphy and friends at NNEO
U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and friends mingle at the Northeast Neighborhood Environmental Organization (NNEO).
Tim Heaphy reading to second grade students at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia
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.  


Youth Resources
Substance Abuse Resources
Commonwealth of Virginia
Your Community
Contact Us

Who and What We Are

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.

Erin Kulpa
Assistant United States Attorney/Community Outreach Coordinator

Where We Are

Map of Federal Judicial Districts of Virginia

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.

Crime Prevention

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

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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.

Youth Resources

Substance Abuse Resources

Commonwealth of Virginia


Your Community

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?

Contact Us
Erin Kulpa
Assistant United States Attorney/Community Outreach Coordinator
United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia
255 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902


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