San Diego Reentry Roundtable Overview
Our mission is to promote the safe and successful return of individuals with previous justice involvement to our community.
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 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. It 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.
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.
- Lorna Pallares – Chair
- Charlene Autolino – Vice Chair
- Bridget Burden – Secretary
- Mary Harmer – Admin
For information, contact [email protected].