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Re-Entry Roundtable

Background:

In the past several years, reentry has emerged as a major issue at the national, state and local level. The incarceration and return of large numbers of individuals, with their associated public health concerns, affects many neighborhoods already plagued by high crime rates, poverty, and residential mobility. Most inmates in our jails and prison will return to the neighborhoods they came from, poorly equipped to deal with family, work or the stresses of daily life. Reentry is a community concern that affects us all.

With funding from the Price Family Charitable Fund, San Diego Community Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, local policymakers, practitioners and researchers came together in April 2002 to discuss reentry in San Diego. Participants agreed that reentry should include: pre- and post-release assistance; help for families; creating community networks and educating the public to strengthen the commitment reentry.

The Roundtable meets every third Tuesday of the month.

San Diego Reentry Roundtable Overview:

The Roundtable is comprised of representatives from correctional institutions, law enforcement, faith-based and community-based organizations, governmental agencies, local planning members, universities, community members, formerly incarcerated individuals and concerned citizens. Anyone interested in improving reentry can participate.

The Roundtable provides a forum for everyone involved in the criminal justice system — including former prisoners, their families and the general public — to come together in meaningful dialogue about reentry. We are concerned with reentry throughout the County, from our jails and prisons, our adult and juvenile institutions. The mission of the San Diego Reentry Roundtable is:

To promote the safe and successful return of offenders to our community

We are currently working:

  • On reviewing and evaluating legislation related to reentry.
  • To share resources and educate the public to strengthen the commitment to reentry.
  • To understand the reentry process for all formerly incarcerated individuals returning to San Diego County.
  • To be a clearinghouse for “best practices” in reentry and advocate for their use.
  • To participate in statewide coalition networking.

Committees: Legislative, Employment, Housing/Transportation

Accomplishments:

  • Designed and implemented the SB 618 Prisoner Reentry Program
  • Designed and implemented the Local Reentry Program
  • Presented white paper related to reentry to the governor’s office and legislators
  • Developed partnership with the San Diego City Gang Commission
  • Created a public health toolkit: www.sdreentrytoolkit.org
  • Developed and facilitated expungement/Certificate of Rehabilitation workshops
  • Coordinated and presented a job readiness workshop at Richard J. Donovan Detention Facility

Some of the many organizations currently represented in the Reentry Roundtable include:

  • 2-1-1 San Diego
  • A New Path
  • Amity Foundation, CA
  • Anger Ease Anger Management
  • Bethel AME
  • Bethesda Discipleship Home
  • BI Incorporated, San Diego
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego
  • California Department of Alcohol and Drug
  • Programs
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Chula Vista Police Department
  • Coming Home to Stay
  • ConTribute
  • Correctional Alternatives, Inc.
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Fred Finch Youth Center
  • Freedom and Choice Transitional Inst.
  • Freedom Ranch
  • From The Inside Out, Inc.
  • Futures Associates
  • Heart & Soul Transitional Living
  • Home Builders Institute
  • Life Community Development Foundation
  • Lighthouse
  • McAllister Institute
  • METRO
  • MHS, Inc.
  • NAMI San Diego
  • Neighborhood House
  • Neighborhood Healthcare
  • Prison Fellowship
  • RCNO, San Diego Congregations for Change
  • Reading Legacies
  • RealLife
  • Reformers Unanimous International
  • R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility
  • The Rock Church
  • Salvation Army
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • San Diego Community College District
  • San Diego County
  • San Diego County District Attorney's Office
  • San Diego County Library
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • San Diego County Probation Department
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • San Diego Police Department
  • San Diego Public Health Services
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • San Diego Sheriff's Department
  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego Urban League
  • SAY San Diego
  • Second Chance
  • State Parole
  • United African American Ministerial Action Council
  • University of California San Diego
  • Valley View Public School District
  • Victoria House Corporation Quality Housing
  • Waldenhouse
  • Welcome Home Ministries

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