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Forum planned to discuss offender re-entry programs

RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2014

LEESBURG – The Lake County Public Safety Coordinating Council Re-entry Subcommittee will host a Re-entry Community Forum from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Leesburg Community Center in Venetian Gardens, located at 201 E. Dixie Ave. 

“Our goal is to increase successful offender re-entry into the community and to reduce the recidivism rate,” said Lake County Commissioner Tim Sullivan, chair of the Re-entry Subcommittee. “We look forward to working with members of the community, including service providers and faith-based networks, which may offer assistance through collaboration and resource-sharing.”

The forum will tackle the barriers individuals re-entering the community from incarceration face, such as employment, financial, housing and family issues, and identify ways that private and public partners may help provide needed resources.

“We must strengthen our support system for those who are transitioning from the criminal justice system to living and working in Lake County,” said Sullivan. “Various community resources are necessary for the long-term success of former offenders, as well as the encouragement to make wise decisions and become upstanding and productive citizens.”
  
The Annual Community Resource and Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Leesburg Community Building in conjunction with the Re-entry Community Forum. The event, which is hosted by the Lake County Probation Services Division, Partners Investing in People and the Goodwill Job Connection Center, will provide disadvantaged citizens with information on employment, health, transportation, education, counseling and housing services, to name a few. 
 
Both events are open to the general public and community input is encouraged.

For more information, contact Stephanie Glass, Lake County Teen Court program specialist, at 352-742-6511.
 

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Stephanie Glass
352-742-6511

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