Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-entry is a collaborative effort to aide offenders with the tools necessary to ensure their successful community re-entry with family, employment and education.
The office is a collaboration of three government entities - the Shelby County Division of Corrections’ Re-entry program, the City of Memphis Second Chance program and the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.
The Office of Re-entry serves as a “one-stop” interactive resource for ex-offenders to navigate in a healthy environment. The Division of Corrections program addresses needs of the incarcerated citizens as they prepare for release; The City of Memphis Second Chance Program has been restructured and become The Community Service Program of the Office of Re-entry and it will continue to focus on reducing recidivism through training, job readiness, and job development to create opportunities for employment. The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole provides the supervision required by the State of Tennessee.
Collaborative services among the three agencies include: case management, life-coaching, job training and job placement will create a lasting change for the individual and ultimately for our community.
The vision of the Office of Re-entry is to mobilize resources to ensure offenders are equipped to succeed at life once they return from incarnation and to reduce the likelihood to recidivate.
Mayor Wharton, “In the last several years, organizations, companies, and individuals alike have become a lot more intentional about our efforts to preserve and protect our environment. Make no mistake – I am a strong proponent of sustainability. I would only hope that in our efforts to recycle and reuse material for the preservation of the environment that we don’t overlook our need to do the same with people. This is what re-entry is all about, recycling and reusing people who are looking to overcome the mistakes of their past. Ultimately, re-entry really is about preserving and sustaining our community.”
“It’s important we link these similar services to help felons avoid repeating their criminal behavior. As a former warden with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, felons will quickly return to prison without intervention programs,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
“This unified approach for re-entry will be a model for other communities,” said Charles Traughber, Chairman of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.
The vision for the joint office for re-entry services originated as an initiative with the Operation: Safe Community, a program of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission (MSCC). MSCC is made up of representatives of government, law enforcement, the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, schools, faith-based organizations and other community organizations who meet monthly to discuss ways to reduce and prevent crime throughout Shelby County.
The Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re-entry staff is comprised of staff from the City of Memphis, from the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, and from Shelby County Government (Division of Corrections).