DOC brings awareness to second chance awareness months, resources for recently-incarcerated

DELAWARE – April is Second Chance Awareness Month, 30 days dedicated to bringing awareness to those who have been incarcerated and are working on getting a second chance in their community

Delaware Department of Corrections officials tells 47 ABC, that their re-entry program has been growing exponentially over the past 10 years. They’ve created multiple plans, programs, and resources to best help those who are leaving the prison system to enter back into society with as much support as possible.

Chief and Deputy Chief of planning and research at DOC say they have three focuses, medical and behavioral health, employment, and housing. Three things they say will help reduce the state’s recidivism and get recently incarcerated citizens back to functioning members of society.

“I’m excited that we are getting the opportunity to educate the public and get more people involved right because the department of correction can’t do this alone,” says Heather Zwicket, Chief of Planning & Research at DOC.  Jessica Cline, Deputy Chief adds, “It’s endless the things that we can do and the different things we can try and help people and to just continue increasing the success of our returning citizens, improving our safety in the community.”

The Department of Justice and other organizations are also hosting a “what’s next series” reentry event Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Edgehill Training Center in Dover.

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