Reentry Awareness Month

We choose to walk alongside reentry.

In 2016, the first “National Reentry Week” was established by the Justice Department. According to the 83rd US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, the purpose was to;

“raise awareness of the importance of reentry strategies that both increase public safety and fulfill our nation’s commitment to the promise of individual redemption”

 Attorney General Lynch began raising our awareness by going on to say that “nearly a quarter of Americans has had some sort of encounter with the criminal justice system — mostly for relatively minor, non-violent offenses, and sometimes from decades in the past.”  The Federal Government and many states and local jurisdictions have worked over the last decade to provide opportunities to assist the reentry population, with a focus on rehabilitation and reducing barriers. Many new strategies have been, and continue to be implemented as part of this work.

Here in Ventura County, Interface Children and Family Services considers the needs of the reentry population to be closely aligned with our mission of “Strengthening children and families and communities to be safe, healthy and thriving.”  To emphasize our commitment to the reentry work that ICFS has been involved in since 2014, the agency established a Justice Services Department in 2016 dedicated to providing direct services, coordinating and collaborating with other service partners, providing quality assurance of services, and building capacity in the community to meet the needs of this population more effectively.

Stories of Reentry – David

Root & Rebound – Reentry Advocates

Interface’s first program was Core Connection.  The Core Connection partnership is a collaborative of community based agencies that serve the AB 109 population with ICFS as the coordinating agency. In this role, the Core team works to insure effective, high quality service delivery to meet client needs. Our newest program, Interface Reentry Services, provides an individualized suite of evidence-based services to men and women on formal Probation in the county. Both programs are designed to help formerly incarcerated men and women remove the many barriers they face upon reentry to the community, while maintaining public safety.  ICFS programs assist in providing the support and resources that are needed by the reentering client to re-establish themselves in the community – both in their professional and their family environments.

During the month of June, Interface is focusing on raising awareness about Reentry. It is our hope that you will read, listen, learn, and keep in mind that being incarcerated at one time in someone’s life does not define a person.  Our reentering community members have skills, talents and abilities to offer and to be proud of. We all need to work to give them the opportunity to be a valued, contributing citizen.

Please join Interface Children and Family Services in our effort to walk alongside reentry.

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