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Breakfast to Address Offender Reentry Services

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles are hosting a meeting in support of the Macon Reentry Coalition, according to a news release.

The breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 16 from 8-10:30 a.m. in Vinzant Hall the at State Offices South at Tift College.

The Macon Reentry Coalition is a collaborative effort, in partnership with the GDC and the Parole Board, to educate and assist offenders who are on probation or parole. The coalition involves law enforcement, faith-based organizations and elected officials from Central Georgia.

The goal is to enhance already-existing risk interventions and serve to help reduce repeat offenders. The group also provides job placement, skills training and counseling to assist offenders after their prison release.

The goal of the meeting is to expand the Macon Reentry Coalition to include faith and community-based organizations that are not currently working with the GDC and the Parole Board.

Both agencies plan to include groups that can provide housing, employment, transportation and substance abuse counseling, the release says.

According to the news release, Parole Board Chairman James Donald  said, β€œI strongly believe our work with Faith and Community Based organizations is making a difference in the lives of offenders.” Donald said, β€œIt takes an entire community to help an offender succeed and the more support we get helps make Georgia a safer state.”

The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 13,000 employees.

 

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