Virginia Department of Corrections celebrates National Reentry Week

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is celebrating National Reentry Week, which runs from April 26-30.

National Reentry Week recognizes the vital work that DOC staff and inmates collectively do to get inmates ready for successful reentry into their communities.

“The DOC is committed to creating second chances for men and women in our care. Reentry preparation begins on an inmate’s first day with the DOC, and is affected by every staff position in some way. Our programs strongly contribute to effective individual change through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy skills, academic and vocational education, correctional industries, facility work programs, substance abuse treatment and shared community resources.”

Harold Clarke, Department of Corrections Director

The DOC also celebrates community collaborations with criminal justice stakeholders across Virginia this week, including local reentry councils, which helps to ensure the needs of inmates, probationers, and parolees are met.

The DOC’s efforts to create and sustain a healing environment and foster a learning organization are founded on staff skills gained through training, learning teams, and dialogue practices.

The department’s mental health services promote wellness and address individuals’ needs from incarceration through community supervision.

Security staff plays a critical role in reentry, utilizing daily interactions with inmates to interrupt criminal thinking, role model decision-making and communication skills.

The department offers more than 125 programs to offenders who are in prison and to those who are under community supervision.

Each program falls into one of three categories:

  • Academic
  • Job training
  • Cognitive

A listing of available programs can be found by clicking here.

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