An event held Wednesday evening in Raonoke aims to help incarcerated men and women re-enter society and prepare family members to assist in the transition.
The Family Reunification event was hosted by the Roanoke Valley Re-Entry Council. The formerly incarcerated and their loved ones heard from those who have successfully made the transition to the outside. There were also resources on hand to provide assistance.
“I enjoy and I embrace my freedom. I love it. I always say that I will not put myself in that position again to go back to being incarcerated. Because just being here talking to you or talking to someone out here is a luxury and a lot of people don’t understand that,” says Howard Neal, who spent much of his life behind bars.
Events like this one aim to lower recidivism rates-the likelihood that someone will re-offend once released.