At free barbecue, learn how Pike prisoners re-enter society

Milford. The new Pike County Reentry Coalition will give an update on its support of citizens as they return to their communities after serving time in jail. New members are always welcome.

Sep 24 2019 | 03:37 PM

The Pike County Reentry Coalition was formed earlier this year to reduce recidivism by supporting citizens as they transition back to their communities after spending time in prison.

The coalition will host an information session and complimentary barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at the Pike County Correctional Facility, 175 Pike County Boulevard, Lords Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

Pike County Commissioner Steve Guccini and correctional facility volunteer Hampton Morgan of Choosing Integrity will give an update on the coalition's progress. Warden Craig Lowe and assistant wardens Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Romance will man the barbecue grill.

RSVPs are requested by Monday, Sept. 30. Call 570-775-5500 and ask for Amy Kingston at extension 1542, Michelle Decroceat extension 1563, or Susan Kenthack at extension 1541.

In 2018, the Pike County Commissioners and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board determined a need for a formal reentry coalition. The county was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to retain consultant Melanie G. Snyder, Offender Workforce Development Specialist, Mental Health First Aid, to assist with establishing the coalition and developing its strategic plan.

“Coalitions such as this are working across the state to foster safer communities by ensuring that follow-up plans are in place to create opportunities for former offenders to move forward in life,” Guccini said.

Members of the reentry coalition include private citizens, medical and therapeutic professionals, faith communities, employers, educators, non-profit agencies, and government entities interested in facilitating the transition of Pike County inmates back into the community by identifying needs and making referrals to those agencies able to help individuals attain success and independence. New members are always welcome.

“The collaborative approach of the reentry coalition is an important supplement to our current reentry programming,” said Lowe.

For more information, email Hampton Morgan at choosingintegrity@gmail.com or call the county commissioners' office at 570-296-7613.

“Coalitions such as this are working across the state to foster safer communities by ensuring that follow-up plans are in place to create opportunities for former offenders to move forward in life." --Pike County Commissioner Steve Guccini