Wilson Foundation holds reentry event

The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation hosted a prisoner reentry and reintegration roundtable event Feb. 13 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

The event focused on challenges people face when leaving jail or prison and reintegrating into the community. It is estimated that about 1,300 people are released annually from the Louisiana Department of Corrections and returned to the Baton Rouge area.

Attendees were drawn from state, parish and local law enforcement and corrections, nonprofit service providers, policy-makers, advocates, returning citizens, employers and funders. Discussions focused on challenges former offenders face and potential solutions in job readiness, healthcare and community connections.

The Wilson Foundation will use the information and ideas from the event to refine an initiative focused on prisoner reentry. The foundation focuses on prisoner reentry with the intent of helping returning citizens become productive and self-sufficient. The foundation’s website is hawilsonfoundation.org.

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