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Virginia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (VPRI)

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $225,000)

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning offenders. The PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning offenders find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre- and post-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised offenders.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services will use the FY 2007 Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) award to institute a jail-focused reentry initiative in the two areas of the state with the highest number of returning (adult) offenders, Norfolk and Richmond. The reentry pilots will run for approximately 18 to 24 months and have three key phases. Phase I will focus on providing inmates at the participating correctional facility information about services and obligations that affect inmates and their families during their time of incarceration. Phase II will address financial obligations, housing, financial and community resources, education and training, employment, health, mental health, social reintegration, and will include measurable outcomes. Phase III will cover the 12 months following the ex-offender's return to the community and will include a fatherhood/motherhood and family-to-family mentoring component to facilitate a reconnection during the transitional process.


Date Created: September 5, 2007