ISCI holds annual Life After Release Fair

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By Luke Kormylo, Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Institution

On October 24, 2018, the Idaho State Correctional Institution held its annual Life After Release Fair. About 600 inmates turned out for the event which featured displays and exhibits by dozens of vendors representing multiple organizations and disciplines.  Resources included transitional housing providers, STG/prison tattoo removal, behavioral health and treatment providers, employment agencies, probation and parole officers, education resources, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Veterans Administration, religious organizations, the IDOC Free2Succeed program, and substance abuse recovery groups, just to name a few.

A highlight of this year was the attendance of Parole Commission Executive Director Sandy Jones.  Sandy spent time presenting information to the offender population and hosted a town-hall style Q&A session for inmates preparing for the parole process.  ISCI was thrilled to be able to host Sandy and her staff.

ISCI was also honored to host Deputy Chief of Prisons Ross Castleton and IDOC Re-entry Manager Tim Leigh, who was also accompanied by IDOC’s new Re-entry Specialists.  

The Life After Release Fair promotes a safer Idaho through the goal of reducing recidivism. Building a resource pool and having face-to-face contact with the providers empowers offenders to have a greater impact in obtaining support and success upon release from prison.  Offenders who attended the fair unanimously expressed gratitude and enthusiasm for the chance to interact directly with resource providers.  ISCI is now considering expanding the Life After Release Fair into a semi-annual event.

This year’s Life After Release Fair was made possible through the hard work of ISCI’s Case Management team and Education Staff who worked tirelessly in recruiting resource providers to attend.  ISCI is grateful to the many providers who showed up and volunteered their time and energy to assist our population in preparing for “life after release.”

Story published: 11/28/2018
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