Educational Opportunity: The Road to Reentry

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Continuing the 2017 Community Impact Speaker Series, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) and The Community Action Agency of Anne Arundel County are presenting the following upcoming program.

Rates of incarceration have risen dramatically since 1980, both nationally and in Maryland. As the number of incarcerated adults increase, so do the number of children and families impacted by the effects. It is estimated that on any given day, approximately 90,000 children in Maryland have a parent under some form of correctional supervision – parole, probation, jail, or prison. The impact on families is traumatic. Research shows that communities with higher rates of incarceration have high unemployment, low incomes, high rates of public assistance participation, low educational attainment, high rates of student drop outs, and lower life expectancy. When incarcerated adults are released and re-enter communities and the workforce, they face multiple barriers, which further impact their families, as they attempt to move forward and rebuild their lives.

Come and learn about strategies being used to assist children and families impacted by incarceration, an understanding of current reentry programs in Maryland for offenders who are released from prison or jail, the issues that face individuals who are integrating back into society, and the effects on the entire community.  Be part of a conversation that fosters understanding and identifies gaps in the services former inmates and their families face in our communities.

Guest Panelists Include:

  • Rebecca Benner, Career Navigation Specialist, Justice Involved Individuals, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
  • Valerie Montague, Manager, Beyond Bars Program, Girls Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Beverly NashRetired Administrative Law Judge, Mediator for Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center
  • Shane PardoeEx-offender and Reentry Advocate
  • Stafanie Takacs, Executive Director, Touchstones Discussion Programs
  • Caryn York, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force

What: The Road to Reentry Community Impact Speaker Series

When: October 11, 2017, 3-5pm

Where: Downtown Hope, 255 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. Limited complimentary parking will be available to the first 30 guests to arrive. Paid parking is also available.

Who Should Attend: Staff, board members and volunteers of funders and non-profits working around the issue of recidivism and re-entry, including organizations whose main focus may not be re-entry but whose clients may experience incarceration personally or within their families

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