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For communities, the return of released prisoners potentially poses problems for public safety and challenges for reintegrating people into society. The changes in the composition of returning prisoners outlined in various studies suggest that there is not a single type of reintegration problem. There are multiple offenders returning to communities, including more offenders coming back from their first experience with incarceration, and more offenders returning after a churning (repeat incarceration) experience. Offenders have been out of the community for longer periods and, even though they may have participated in education and training programs, still face challenges regarding reintegration into society. Communities, therefore, face a complicated set of problems related to reintegrating offenders.

The best way to promote public safety and prevent recidivism is to provide resources and guidance to individuals being released back into the community. The New River Valley Reentry Council was created to be a contributor to the goal of providing needed information, resources, and guidance in order to further that mission.
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The New River Reentry Council is part of the Virginia Community Reentry Approach (VCRA).

Vision
A Commonwealth in which people previously incarcerated access quality services to assist them in becoming productive citizens thus promoting safer communities and stable families.
Mission
The Virginia Community Reentry Approach strengthens public safety through a community based approach to reentry that provides opportunities for people previously incarcerated, that supports families and that reduces recidivism.
Values
  • All people have worth and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect
  • Community collaboration strengthens effectiveness
  • Integrated service delivery is cost effective
  • Stable families support children’s healthy development and future success
  • Safe communities are the best environment in which to live and work
Goals
  • Increase public safety through reduced recidivism
  • Maximize opportunities for people returning to the community after incarceration
  • Support family and community integration for people returning from incarceration