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NAACP to host forum about issues for former inmates re-entering society

Contributed • Feb 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

On February 15, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the local unit of the NAACP will bring together community leaders, advocates and prison ministry outreach volunteers to discuss the challenges and issues of re-entry by formerly incarcerated individuals.

The Criminal Justice Committee of the local unit of the NAACP will host a panel discussion on the employment and housing barriers that formerly incarcerated individuals face in the challenges of re-entry.

When formerly incarcerated individuals have an opportunity for redemption and employment, all our communities win. Returning citizens who gain employment are more than one-third less likely than their counterparts to recidivate and are more capable of turning their lives around for good. When this happens, our communities are safer.

Without any opportunity for employment or support, many cycle back into prison after committing new crimes posing a pressing threat to public safety. For this reason, many leading law enforcement agencies, including the National District Attorneys Association and national police organizations, have made facilitating successful reentry from prison and jail a priority approach to public safety.

The public forum will be held at Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN, at 12:30 p.m. For further information contact Kenneth Bonner, at kbonner1253@yahoo.com, or 423-232-6665.

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