Macon Reentry Coalition Partners Call on Citizens to Serve in Community Reentry Effort

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MACON, Ga. – Members of the Macon Reentry Coalition, a collaborative effort among community and law enforcement organizations focused on addressing the needs of people who were once incarcerated by helping them find jobs and successfully return to society, are calling for interested persons to join the group.

The Macon Reentry Coalition’s (MRC) mission is to enhance public safety by reducing recidivism of returning citizens. Through its partnerships, the coalition assists with housing, employment, transportation, substance abuse counseling and other individualized needs. The MRC is seeking additional members from every segment of the community, including healthcare, business, faith-based and other non-profit groups. MRC meets monthly via Zoom; in-person meetings will begin in September.

“Removing barriers to successful reentry for returning individuals is an important part of the Justice Department’s mission to keep our country safe and pursue equal justice under the law,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Our communities will be safer when we offer the necessary support which previously incarcerated people need to secure housing, find employment, access health care and address other basic needs that are difficult to locate after prison, contributing to recidivism. The Macon Reentry Coalition is doing the important work of offering an access point for returning citizens in Middle Georgia.”

“Over the years the MRC and its partners have worked to develop a dynamic and diverse network of partners to help meet the very challenging needs of our returning citizens. However, there is still much work ahead,” said Todd Robinson, CEO of MRC and the Executive Director of The Next Step Recovery Ministries in Macon. “The vast majority of our returning citizens are hardworking, skilled and willing to learn. They want to succeed. We are looking for partners who want to work in the same direction. Returning citizens who find purpose and productivity tend to not reoffend.”

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Currently, a mix of federal, state and local agencies, houses of worship, philanthropic organizations, community resource partners, businesses and advocates are members of the MRC. For a complete list of partners, and more information on how you can engage with MRC, please contact Pam Lightsey, Law Enforcement Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, at pam.lightsey@usdoj.gov.

Founded by the Macon U.S. Probation Office, the Macon Reentry Coalition is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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