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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 25, 2016

Reentry Initiatives Help Former Inmates Successfully Return to Their Communities

April 24-30, 2016, is Inaugural National Reentry Week

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is joining the Federal Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement and community partners, and United States Attorney’s Offices across the country to promote the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals who have completed their sentences and are returning to live in their communities.

“National Reentry Week is an opportunity to assist formerly incarcerated individuals with the difficulties they face gaining employment, housing, and education, which can lead to a cycle of incarceration,” said Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.  “The following events surrounding National Reentry Week are aimed at preparing formerly incarcerated individuals for a productive and law-abiding life beyond prison by providing resources and lessons learned from others’ reentry experiences.”

Event: The Prison to Reentry Pipeline
Location: Federal Prison Camp, Pensacola, 110 Raby Ave., Pensacola, FL 32509
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CST
Contact: Angel Motta, 850-458-7201, amotta@bop.gov
Description: Male inmates approaching their prison release will learn about overcoming reentry challenges from a panel discussion moderated by the United States Attorney’s Office.  The panel will also include a representative from the United States Probation Office and former federal inmates on probation.
Press: No photography or videography.  Please complete attached form and coordinate with media contact before arrival.

Event: The Prison to Reentry Pipeline
Location: Federal Correctional Institution, Marianna, 3625 FCI Rd, Marianna, FL 32446
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 8:00 a.m. CST
Contact: Todd Large, 850-526-7095, TLarge@bop.gov
Description: Male inmates approaching their prison release will learn about overcoming reentry challenges from a panel discussion moderated by the United States Attorney’s Office.  The panel will also include a representative from the United States Probation Office and former federal inmates on probation.
Press: No photography or videography.  Please complete attached form and coordinate with media contact before arrival.

Event: Successful Reentry as a Solution to Sex Trafficking of Inmates
Location: Federal Correctional Institution, Marianna, 3625 FCI Rd, Marianna, FL 32446
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. CST
Contact: Todd Large, 850-526-7095, TLarge@bop.gov
Description: Sex traffickers often target the most vulnerable female inmates with a history of drug use and prostitution and who do not have a place to live upon release from prison.  Successful reentry is a critical tool to preventing sex trafficking and reducing recidivism at the same time.  Inmates will hear from a former FCI Marianna inmate who is now an entrepreneur, a sex trafficking victim who is now the director of a faith-based women’s transitional house, and an Assistant United States Attorney.
Press: No photography or videography.  Please complete attached form and coordinate with media contact before arrival.

Event: Employment and Community Resource Fair
Location: North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Contact:
Jessica Satterfield, 850‐521‐3551, jessica.satterfield@flnp.uscourts.gov
Lee Warren, 850‐717‐9622, warren.alicia@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Description: The Florida Department of Corrections, the United States Probation Office, Leon County Probation Office, and the Big Bend AFTER Reentry Coalition is hosting this event to connect former inmates with housing, education, transportation, and employment resources.
Press: Open to public.

Event: Re-Entry Partnership Initiative
Location: Alachua County Library District, Headquarters Branch: 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Dates:

  • Job Searching Tips, Interview Skills, Employability
  • Monday, May 2, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Meeting Room-A
  • Creating E-mails and Résumés
  • Monday, May 9, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Meeting Room-B
  • Information about the GED and Santa Fe College Certificate Programs
  • Monday, May 16, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Meeting Room-A
  • Entrepreneurship and Starting a Small Business
  • Monday, May 23, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Meeting Room-B

Contact: Nickie Kortus, 352-334-3909, nkortus@aclib.us
Description: These workshops, conducted by trained instructors and field experts, help participants, especially former inmates, re-enter the workforce by providing
instruction on résumé building, interview skills, job searching, e-mail, educational programs, and entrepreneurship opportunities.  View events calendar.
Press: Open to public.

Event: Second Chance Job Fair
Location: CareerSource North Central Florida, 10 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Contact:
Donna Scott, 352-225-4044, scott.donna@mail.dc.state.fl.us
James Schindler, 352-244-5153, jschindler@careersourcencfl.com
Description: Area businesses are joining the Florida Department of Corrections, CareerSource North Central Florida, and local law enforcement agencies to organize a job fair.  Although the job fair is open to all applicants, the event is intended to increase career opportunities for those seeking a second chance after having been incarcerated.
Press: Open to public.

Reentry Resources

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

For more information, contact:
Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer
(850) 216-3854, amy.alexander@usdoj.gov

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
Updated April 25, 2016