Event brings together groups to reduce recidivism

Officer shakes hands with exhibitor

More than 100 exhibitors turned out for the seventh annual Community Information and Resource Fair in Garden City.

The fair provides representatives from community organizations and government agencies an opportunity to explore ways they can work together and help newly released inmates succeed after they are released from prison.

“This is like a one-stop shop to find out what they can do to help these individuals that need it,” says Idaho Department of Correction program manager Jeff Kirkman.

The fair also provides a forum to explore ways to help people who have not been convicted of a crime but need help with issues like addiction, mental illness, housing, transportation and employment.

In July, a similar event was held in Idaho Falls for organizations that operate in southeastern Idaho. Kirkman says the department hopes to someday hold fairs in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Twin Falls and Pocatello.

“We release offenders all over the state of Idaho, and they need to find out what those services are,” Kirkman says.  

Story published: 09/15/2017
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