U.S. Attorney's Office Observes National Reentry Week
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice established National Reentry Week to bring awareness to the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated persons when they reenter society. In observance of this year’s week, April 23-29, Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler for the Southern District of Alabama announces some of the current projects in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office is participating.
On April 27, the office will partner with Spring Hill College to host a “Reentry Simulation.” The simulation, open to the public, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the college’s Mary Lou and John Barter Student Center. It will provide a glimpse into the first four weeks of life after prison, and will foster discussions about how the public and private sectors may work together to assist persons with the tools they need to successfully reenter their communities.
The office also continues its work with Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Offenders Pursue Excellence). In 2015, at the request of the Alabama Board of Pardon and Paroles, the Project HOPE Reentry Task Force was created to develop a plan to secure funding to support services aimed at reducing the recidivism rate in Alabama. Components such as employment, housing, and transportation continue to be studied in an effort to determine what types of reentry services are lacking. The plan’s objective is to reduce the Alabama recidivism rate by 50% as of 2021.
Acting U.S. Attorney Butler recognizes the positive role that reentry programs play, saying, “By providing people exiting the correctional system with access to necessities such as housing and employment, the hope is that they will become invested in their communities and will be less likely to return to a life of crime.”
To learn more about Project H.O.P.E. and stay up-to-date with reentry events in the Southern District of Alabama, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdal/programs/ex-offender-re-entry-initiative.
Updated April 24, 2017