DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Last Wednesday, the Danville Police Department recognized seven graduates who recently completed the community program known as IDDU (Incarceration Doesn’t Define Us).
The program is designed for people who have been released from jail within the last three years.
The Danville Police Department describes the program as a “one-stop-shop” for helping recently incarcerated citizens get integrated back into the community.
Community Relations Liaison Ashtyn Foddrell created the program to focus on a restorative community that values respect, opportunity, forgiveness, accountability, and access for current and previously incarcerated individuals.
The program accomplished this with the help of community partners through career coaching, mentorship, and readiness skills.
Program participants received a certificate for completing the program, a celebration that followed COVID-19 protocols with friends and family and a small gift.