Program administrator for the Kentucky Department of Corrections made a presentation about the importance of reentry for convicted felons at Monday’s Board of Directors meeting.
Andria Barkett spoke on behalf of the Western Kentucky Reentry Council, which makes it its mission to help those who have served time incarcerated to make their way successfully back into society and cut down on recidivism.
She says 97 percent of the incarcerated population will be reentering communities and it’s the council’s hope to help them succeed despite a felony attached to their name.
She says the council will help them with expungement, connect with businesses that hire convicted felons and overall help them not return to the habits that put them in the situation to begin with.
The council often hosts job fairs, workshops on adult education and works closely with those who are currently incarcerated, so they can develop a plan now for when they reenter society later. For more information on the program or how to become involved, go online to Kentucky-reentry dot org.