A Profile of the Jail’s Re-entry Program

Erika Howsare profiles the jail’s re-entry program in the current C-Ville Weekly. Locking people up for years and then loosing them on the public without any sort of transition hasn’t really been working out, so the eight-week-long New Beginnings Transitional Re-entry Program is an effort at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to prepare a small number of prisoners for life on the outside—teaching them how to get a job, avoid the temptations of their old life, and support their families. The program can accommodate only a very small number of the prisoners, and its effect on recidivism isn’t particularly stellar (a 50% rate instead of 55% for the general population), although that hasn’t been properly measured just yet. Howsare profiles some of the inmates going through the program, avoiding presenting them in the sort of black-and-white, good-and-evil terms that would have been easy, but wrong.

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