Reimagine ReEntry: hollistic Services for Returning citizens in Allegheny county
It is an enormous public burden to place and keep a person behind bars. In Pennsylvania, it costs more than $42,000 per year to keep one person in the state corrections system, and this does not count the public safety intervention, court appointments, local jail time, and administrative efforts it takes to first place a person. Outside of public expenditures, the cost to victims and the families of those in corrections is massive, including legal fees, phone calls, transportation time and expense, loss of income and family support, and separated families.
Once released from state corrections, two of every three people across the US are rearrested for a new offense and about half are reincarcerated within three years of their release. To put it in local terms, in Allegheny County, sixty-two percent of parolees return to corrections within three years.
When returning to society, these men and women face immense systemic barriers that are only magnified by incarceration, such as low employment, lack of healthcare, limited education, a prevalence of homelessness, and much more.
With the significant cost of incarceration to states, communities, and families, and the massive coordination involved amongst systems, what if that same effort and investment was put into their reentry to society? What if returning citizens had a comprehensive, fully-invested approach to their exit from incarceration and reentrance into their communities?
Reimagine Reentry program aims to address the challenges of reentrance and recidivism by providing opportunities, reducing barriers, and supporting returning citizens in a holistic way. The program follows a strengths-based approach to address the unique needs of returning citizens after they leave the corrections system.
Our services include:
- Cooperative case management and mentoring
- Workforce development and training
- Family reunification education
- Housing assistance planning
Reimagine Reentry works with key community partners in training fields such as:
- And more!
Reimagine Reentry Program
2038 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Have a program or resource for returning citizens? Questions about the program and referrals? Contact us below!
Richard Garland, Director
Art Terry, Operations
Lindsay Angelo, Administration
Gina Brooks, Case Management