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Reentry At USP Lee

The Western District of Virginia is fortunate to have a strong commitment to successful reentry for offenders who complete their sentences and “come home” to try and start their lives anew.

Proof of that point is found in each Federal prison, which is now staffed by a reentry coordinator, in furtherance of preventing crime and reducing recidivism.  United States Attorney Timothy Heaphy and Community Outreach Coordinator Gwen Mason recently visited USP Lee in Jonesville, Virginia to learn and share information during a day devoted to reentry.

Officials with the US Attorney’s Office met with USP Lee executive staff, line staff, and young managers beginning their careers.  The commitment to solid reentry programming at USP Lee, including learning job skills, tackling personal, social and developmental issues, and forming goals and objectives for life outside the penitentiary – was evident at every level USP Lee.

Warden Chris Zych and Janice Miller, Reentry Coordinator, developed a Job Fair for 20 inmates.  Volunteer recruiters and businesses came to the penitentiary and held mock interviews for inmates with less than two years remaining on their sentences.

Local understanding and support for the prison is furthered by a Community Relations Board, which meets at the penitentiary twice a year to be briefed on programs and share concerns.

USP Lee Warden Chris Zych briefs U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy on activities in the yard during a day devoted to improving  reentry services for offenders.
USP Lee Warden Chris Zych briefs U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy on activities in the yard during a day devoted to improving  reentry services for offenders.

Tim Heaphy works with an offender at USP Lee who is practicing job interviews with a local employer.
Tim Heaphy works with an offender at USP Lee who is practicing job interviews with a local employer.

Chris Zych, (first row, left), Warden of USP Lee, hosts U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy (first row, second from left) for a  full day of reentry activities.  This photo was taken at the Job Fair run by Reentry Specialist Jessica Miller (back row, far right) for 20 inmates who have less than 2 years on their sentences.
Chris Zych, (first row, left), Warden of USP Lee, hosts U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy (first row, second from left) for a  full day of reentry activities.  This photo was taken at the Job Fair run by Reentry Specialist Jessica Miller (back row, far right) for 20 inmates who have less than 2 years on their sentences.  The offenders review their resumes and job goals with employers throughout Southwest Virginia, practicing the skills of communication, negotiation, and professional demeanor.

Updated April 23, 2015

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