OC’s 2nd Annual Reentry Resource Fair and Prop 47 Clinic Offers Former Inmates Linkages to Employment, Education, and Community Resources

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 16, 2016
Media Contact: Meghan Medlin, OCREP Board Chair, info@ocreentry.com 657-859-9444

OC’s 2nd Annual Reentry Resource Fair and Prop 47 Clinic offers former inmates linkages to employment, education, and community resources

 

Anaheim, CA – May 16, 2016 – The Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP), BI Incorporated, Hope Builders, and the Orange County Public Defender’s Office will be co-hosting Orange County’s 2nd Annual Reentry Resource Fair and Prop 47 Clinic on Tuesday, May 24th for formerly incarcerated individuals at the Honda Center in Anaheim with the goal of linking individuals with employers, school opportunities, legal advice, and other valuable resources that help with successful reentry back into our community.

The free fair will be held at the Honda Center, 2695 E Katella Ave, from noon to 3 p.m.

Formerly incarcerated individuals and their families (please no children!) are invited to attend. Attendees should dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.

Last year’s event drew over 160 attendees and 50 local service providers. This year, with the addition of the Public Defender’s Office who will be in attendance processing Prop 47 paperwork for those who qualify, an even bigger turnout is expected. Individuals who are able to reduce and dismiss charges on their backgrounds are able to qualify for housing and employment opportunities that otherwise would not be afforded to them. Gaining self-sufficiency through employment and building productive ties to their community are major factors in not reoffending.

OCREP is a collaboration of more than 160 employers, agencies, and organizations dedicated to reducing criminal recidivism in Orange County by creating linkages between the formerly incarcerated and the community based programs available to help them. Specifically, OCREP was formed to fill the gaps that exist between the time of release and the time of accessing community-based services designed to enhance successful reintegration into the community.

For more information about the resource fair, please contact Meghan Medlin, OCREP’s Board Chair at 657-859-9444 or info@ocreentry.com.

About OCREP (www.ocreentry.org)
OCREP was founded in 2006 in response to concerns from the Sheriff’s and Probation departments regarding the high recidivism rates and last of funding for resources and programming within their departments, the partnership was formed to help identify a collaborative strategy to reverse the trend. OCREP is currently comprised of over 160 local agencies and organizations who work collaboratively to combat local recidivism. OCREP’s general members meet bi-monthly to discuss these issues, trends, put on events, and share available resources.

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