RMO Success Story: Forging a New Path

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Monday - June 04, 2012.

Elaina* curls up at one end of the sofa in her living room, as she invites me to have a seat at the other end. The petite 30 year-old has short cropped hair, an engaging smile and a radiant glow about her. She launches right into the story of her path from prison to where she is now.

"The few people I've told about being in prison – they're like, 'WHAT?' I guess they have some picture in their head of prison inmates," she says, shrugging. "So maybe I don't fit their picture."

Her latest stint at the Lancaster County Prison was her third incarceration. "This time around, it was a mental change for me," Elaina explains. "I finally realized I didn't want that kind of life again." . . .

Articles on Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

on Friday - June 01, 2012.

Reentry "Mythbusters" from Federal Interagency Reentry Council

on Friday - June 01, 2012.

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council is a collaborative network of 20 federal agencies working to "make communities safer by reducing recidivism and victimization; assist those who return from prison and jail in becoming productive citizens; and save taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration." 

The group was first established in January 2011, and is chaired by Attorney General Eric Holder.

One of the group's first efforts was to assemble a set of "Reentry Mythbusters", described as:

"fact sheets, designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in areas such as public housing, access to benefits, parental rights, employer incentives, Medicaid suspension/termination, and more."

The full set of "Reentry Mythbusters" is available HERE.

Graduates of RMO Community Reentry Course Gain Knowledge and Hope

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - May 31, 2012.

Joe Shiffer (LCP) and Allison Weber (SACA) congratulate recent graduates of RMO Community Reentry program

"Learned a lot to take with me upon my release. Numerous resources to help me get a step into society." - Lynn

"Life changing things we need to know about." - Stewart

"I know now what programs can help me out in time of need and help me advance where I don't come back to jail." - Derek

"This has been a huge help." - Chris

"It's going to keep me on track knowing that there is hope." - Gene

 

These were the comments from recent graduates of the RMO's 12 hour Community Reentry Course for incarcerated men and women offered in partnership with the Lancaster County Prison.  

The course covers essential information men and women who are soon to be released need to know about managing money, family responsibility and parenting, getting along with yourself and others, housing, transportation, health care and mental health, drugs and alcohol, probation and parole, and legal and community resources that can help them to be successful upon their release from prison . . .

RMO Success Story: Taking the Lead

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - May 22, 2012.

When Harold* was due to be released from the Lancaster County Prison, he had nowhere to go, and was afraid he'd end up homeless. But staff in the Pre-Parole Unit at the prison, told Harold about the Lancaster County Re-entry Management Organization (RMO), which could help Harold to find transitional housing, and other support he might need to successfully re-enter the community. They gave Harold information about the RMO partner organizations and Harold contacted RMO partner, Transition to Community (TTC) . . .