Community Presentation at CEA Leadership Forum
Date: February 11, 2008 01:46PM
Presentation for CEA Leadership Conference – March 10, 2008
Title of Project: Community Corrections in Virginia: A Model of Inter-Agency and Community Collaboration –
Research Objective: To develop successful statewide program initiating community based educational programs
For 10 years, the Virginia Department of Correctional Education (DCE) has been developing alternative correctional education programs, which are more cost effective than traditional institutional programs, and with reduced recidivism. DCE Has 18 sites across Virginia, which delivers community, based educational programs in collaboration with community re-entry agencies, businesses, employers and colleges. Agencies partner with teachers and help to deliver classes, accept students for actual paid employment and participate in school- community planning teams. Students earn actual income, help pay for living and transportation expenses, participate in treatment and cognitive communities, receive needs based education and employment counseling.
DCE has also been collaborating with our partner agency, DOC, participating in pilot sites modeling Evidence Based Programs. In 2008, we also developed a specific transitional education curriculum for Community Corrections, highlight community collaboration The workshop will highlight some of the major collaboration efforts such as college classes, small business planning seminars, community employment development grants, partnerships to supply classroom equipment, after release job placements, public library book discussion groups, college internships, programs allowing successful ex-offenders to teach seminars, tutoring programs, horticulture training programs, Habitat for Humanity, and forest fire fighting initiatives.
Funding: Virginia State, Department of Correctional Education
Presenters: Murray Ellison, Community Corrections Director, Virginia Department ofCorrectional Education &
Forrest Powell, Regional Director- Community Corrections, Virginia Department of Corrections