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KDOC to Observe Reentry Week 2017: Country music celebrity Mark Collie to help celebrate reentry services, perform for offenders

by KDOC News — last modified Aug 15, 2017 01:45 PM
The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) will celebrate Reentry Week July 10-14, 2017. Events will be held across the state, in facilities and parole offices, to spotlight the evidence based work done by staff, contract providers, volunteers, mentors, and community partners, which has led to a reduction in recidivism (returns to prison) in Kansas from over 55% to 35%.
KDOC to Observe Reentry Week 2017: Country music celebrity Mark Collie to help celebrate reentry services, perform for offenders

Governor Sam Brownback signs a proclamation designating July 10-14 Reentry Week.


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July 6, 2017                                                                             

KDOC to Observe Reentry Week 2017

Country music celebrity Mark Collie to help celebrate reentry services, perform for offenders

The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) will celebrate Reentry Week July 10-14, 2017. Events will be held across the state, in facilities and parole offices, to spotlight the evidence based work done by staff, contract providers, volunteers, mentors, and community partners, which has led to a reduction in recidivism (returns to prison) in Kansas from over 55% to 35%.

On June 23, Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed July 10-14, 2017 Reentry Week, to acknowledge, appreciate, and provide the public with information about this work (see photo attached). This week provides an opportunity to highlight the work of KDOC staff and partners, and provide the public with more information about the importance of this work.

More than 5,000 offenders are admitted and released from Kansas prisons each year.  Through evidence-based programs, core effective correctional practices, robust reentry and discharge planning, treatment and services from community providers, and the support of natural supports and mentors, more offenders are better prepared than ever to return to Kansas communities and become productive and law abiding citizens.  Reentry needs include housing, transportation, employment, behavioral health treatment, financial needs, and pro-social supports and influences. 

Open house events will be held across the state to share information, show the work done in reentry, and celebrate the work of reentry staff, partners and volunteers. 

REENTRY WEEK SCHEDULE

Monday, July 10, 2017

9 am-1 pm        Lansing Correctional Facility

1-3 pm              Kansas City Parole Office

1-3 pm              Olathe Parole Office

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

9 am-1 pm        Topeka Correctional Facility

9 am-1 pm        Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex

9-11 am            Lawrence Parole Office

1-3 pm              Topeka Parole Office

3:30-7 pm         Pittsburg Parole Office

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

8 am-noon        Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Noon-3:30 pm    Larned Correctional Facility

10 am-2 pm       Norton Correctional Facility

Thursday, July 13, 2017

9 am-1 pm        Winfield Correctional Facility

Noon-4 pm        El Dorado Correctional Facility

2-5 pm              Wichita Work Release Facility

2-5 pm              Wichita Parole Office

Friday, July 14, 2017

Noon-2 pm        Hutchinson Parole Office

Additionally, The following two events will feature remarks by Gov. Sam Brownback and performances by Mark Collie, singer, songwriter, documentary filmmaker (The Mountain), and actor (Nashville), whose interest in offender success has led him to do music therapy with offenders in prisons (See the attached document for more information about Collie’s career). Mr. Collie will appear at no expense to the state of Kansas.

These events are closed to the public. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

6:30-8:30 pm     Private event - Wichita Community Event with Mark Collie

Friday, July 14, 2017

9 am-noon        Private event - Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Mark Collie Concert, followed by Show & Tell by HCF Reentry Team

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