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Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry


OFFICE OF REENTRY STAFF

Luis Vazquez, Program Director
Lvazquez@cuyahogacounty.us

Fred Bolotin, Social Program Administrator 5
Fbolotin@cuyahogacounty.us

Mary Kelley, Program Officer 4
Mkelley@cuyahogacounty.us

Bonnie Thomas, Fiscal Officer 1
Bthomas@cuyahogacounty.us

Vikki Tabb-Lyons, Program Officer 3
Vlyons@cuyahogacounty.us



NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

» Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Sealing a Criminal Record (Expungement) Information Session
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
11am - 12pm

» Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Sealing a Criminal Record (Expungement) Information Session
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
11am - 12pm

» Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Sealing a Criminal Record (Expungement) Information Session
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
11am - 12pm

» Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Sealing a Criminal Record (Expungement) Information Session
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
11am - 12pm


Hello and welcome to Cuyahoga County’s Office of Reentry website!

We are delighted that you have decided to visit our website. The information contained on this website is intended to be a resourceful tool for those reentering the community after incarceration. However, it is not intended to be utilized as legal advice for an individual situation, but does contain some information that pertains to record sealing, expungement, and how to obtain some legal assistance.

Luis Vazquez, Program Director


What is Reentry and why is it important?

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, “Re‐entry refers to the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community.” This population is defined as all persons who have been convicted of a criminal offense and are physically and mentally returning to society, whether or not they have served executed time on a federal, state, or local level. With regard to those offenders who are incarcerated, if their stay is 30 days or longer, the American Correctional Association (ACA) standards require that re‐entry preparation assistance be offered to them.

An offender’s reentry transition from supervision under the criminal justice system back into the community is a complex transition for most offenders, and can have profound implications for public safety. This process can be difficult for them, as well as for their families; due to lack of adequate education and job skills, limited housing options, mental health issues, and some former offenders are likely to struggle with former substance abuse issues.

Congress recognized the importance of this reentry issue by passing the Second Chance Act of 2007 (SCA). SCA provides federal grants for programs and services that work to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes. Federal grants are also provided to support research and evaluation on a variety of aspects relating to offender reentry.

Reentry continues to gain considerable attention from researchers, practitioners and also elected government officials due to the positive economic impact of transforming ex-offenders into productive citizens.

What is the Office of Reentry?

The Office of Reentry is a division of the Community Initiatives offices under Cuyahoga County’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services, and is located in Courthouse Square. Although, we do not provide direct services we do support reentry research, community education, advocacy and best practices in the delivery of services. Ultimately these services provide formally incarcerated persons with a continuum of opportunities to support reintegration back into the community and neighborhoods.

Background Information

The Greater Cleveland Reentry Strategy was developed by the City of Cleveland in July 2005. The purpose of the strategy was to focus community efforts to improve outcomes associated with the transition from prison to the community. The original Reentry Strategy included thirteen major components; one of which was the establishment of an Office of Reentry which Cuyahoga County officials established in January 2009. The Office of Reentry collaborates with policymakers, community leaders and service providers to identify reentry challenges and barriers Greater Clevelanders face, and work to target resources toward sound comprehensive solutions.

Purpose of Reentry Website

This website incorporates shared local reentry information and resources; it is intended to provide an organized directory of local reentry services.