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Reentry Coalition Hosts Information Session and BBQ

Members of the Pike County Reentry Coalition, left to right: Tom Duggan, Brandi LaBane, Jack Donson, Pike County Commissioner Matthew Osterberg, Joe Ierubino, PCCF volunteer Hampton Morgan of Choosing Integrity, Allyson Balch, Larisa Yusko, Cheryl Duquette, Perrin Landry, Ed Schaffner, Cynthia DeFebo, Jen Fuente, Amy Kingston, Margaret Dietrich, Michelle Decroce, Nina Brewer, Susan Kenthack, Jen Tamblyn, PCCF Warden Craig Lowe, PCCF Assistant Warden Robert McLaughlin. Photo contributed.

PIKE COUNTY — The Pike County Reentry Coalition was formed earlier this year to help reduce recidivism locally, by supporting returning citizens as they transition to their communities after incarceration. To share an update on its progress and goals, the Reentry Coalition will host an information session and complimentary barbeque on Monday, October 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF).

The event is free and open to the public. It will include remarks and a coalition update by Pike County Commissioner Steve Guccini and PCCF volunteer Hampton Morgan of Choosing Integrity. PCCF Warden Craig Lowe and Assistant Wardens Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Romance will man the barbeque grill.

RSVPs are requested by Monday, September 30 to 570-775-5500. Ask for Amy Kingston ext. 1542, Michelle Decroce ext. 1563, or Susan Kenthack ext. 1541. The Pike County Correctional Facility is located at 175 Pike County Boulevard, Lords Valley.

In 2018 the Pike County Commissioners and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board determined a need for a formal Reentry Coalition. The county was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency to retain consultant Melanie G. Snyder, OWDS, MHFA to assist with establishment of the coalition and development of its strategic plan.

“Coalitions such as this are working across the state to foster safer communities by ensuring that follow-up plans are in place to create opportunities for former offenders to move forward in life,” says Commissioner Guccini.

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Members of the Reentry Coalition include private citizens, medical and therapeutic professionals, faith communities, employers, educators, non-profit agencies, and government entities interested in facilitating the transition of PCCF inmates back into the community by identifying needs and making referrals to those agencies able to help individuals attain success and independence. New members are always welcome.

“The collaborative approach of the Reentry Coalition is an important supplement to our current reentry programming,” says Warden Lowe.

For more information on the Reentry Coalition, contact Hampton Morgan at choosingintegrity@gmail.com or the Pike County Commissioners Office at 570-296-7613.

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