The era of excessive mass-incarceration in America is coming to a close.
Let’s keep blame and politics out of this. It’s time to simply get down to the business of planning effective community reentry and coordinating what is needed for success. How can you help?
Thought leaders from across the state, including NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, are gathering for the North Carolina Reentry Symposium on Saturday, June 6 in Burlington, NC. The purpose is providing an open forum for the exchange of information on NC’s reentry process. All stakeholders are invited to attend to obtain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding reentry. We’ll hear more about what is currently planned and who will be involved in facilitating successful reentry We are resolved to engage in a renewed dialogue to build a stronger, more successful, more connected statewide reentry network.
Why does it matter?
Having volunteered at Butner for AlphaUSA and after spending six years working with StepUp Ministry, it’s apparent that the number one problem facing those with a criminal conviction is employability. As a volunteer at Butner (FCI-II), the people we minister to have real fears about being even being allowed to make it in society. Those who have completed their sentences continue to repeatedly be branded “offender” on the outside and online. The consequences of a criminal charge or a conviction are severe and long-lasting. How does a person coming out of prison obtain life-sustaining employment paying a livable wage? Barriers are everywhere. Fair access to employment, housing, and transportation are essential to building permanent stability.
Here’s my view as one collaterally involved in the justice system. I believe in second chances. As a society, we have punished them— and now we are duty-bound to develop and implement a thoughtful policy approach and process that actually helps people reenter society successfully.
“At what point do you quit offending?”
Boots On The Ground!
Putting together an event like this requires a great deal of help and coordination. Do you have something to contribute to this effort?
For more information, sponsorships or to volunteer, please contact:
NC Reentry Symposium
Saturday, June 6 8:30AM – 5:00 PM
Trinity Worship Center * 3157 S. Church St. * Burlington, NC
Pre-Register at: www.alphausa.org/prisons
Thank you for your interest and concern regarding the issues surrounding successful reentry in North Carolina.