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Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose, center, was warmly received by Year Up's Class 22 during his most recent visit in November 2015. AUSA Rose visits each year to encourage urban young adults who participate in the Year Up program to continue to dedicate themselves to succeeding as they pursue their career and life goals.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha joined with Providence Police, state and federal law enforcement, and community and faith-based leaders to urge several dozen probationers recently released from prison and who are living in Providence to take advantage of programs and resources available to them as they adjust to reentering the community. Attendees were also warned that law enforcement will continue to pay particular attention to individuals who engage in violent crime, particularly those who possess a firearm or commit crimes a firearm.
Oana Groza, second from the left in the rear row, a senior at Barrington High School, with the assistance of her mentor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Rogers, brought her interest in law and her Senior Project examining sentencing disparities to U.S. District Court for a mock sentencing exercise. The issue at hand – an appropriate sentence for a college student convicted of selling fraudulent IDs as a way to earn money for his tuition. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond (below) led the class in an exercise of determining mitigating factors and applying sentencing guidelines, as the students fashioned what they believed to an appropriate sentence. The debate was spirited and opinions varied.
R.I. State Police Detective Sean McGehearty and his K9 Bane joined David Neill (center), an investigator from the United States Attorney's Office, and others, in celebration of Red Ribbon Week at the Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. Bane fascinated students and faculty alike with a demonstration of his abilities to locate drugs during law enforcement investigations. Bane assisted in delivering a pointed yet captivating message about substance abuse awareness.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha moderates the first-ever Reentry Jobs Forum held in Rhode Island, encouraging employers to offer employment opportunities to citizens that are returning to the community from prison. The forum, co-hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, examined partnerships with U.S. Probation and the Court to identify prospective employees; training programs; and incentives, resources and legal considerations. Employers also heard from other employers, large and small, as to the success and personal rewards they have experienced by integrating recently released individuals into their workforce.