A two-day workshop designed to help rebuild lives of those who served time in prison started Thursday, April 26 and runs until April 27, 2018 at the Erma Byrd Center.
This two-day workshop is called “Building Bridges to a Better Community”. It is focused on helping reduce the high rate of people re-entering prisons. During the workshop, those in attendance spoke about the issues people face once they are released from prison and the struggle for them to stay out.
Beverly Sharp, with Re-entry Initiatives for the West Virginia Council of Churches, said the community is one of the main ways someone can stay out of jail.
“Educated yourself. You know a lot of people have this preconceived idea about what a felon looks like or what a felon is. And if you do a little research, you’ll find out that they are not at all what you think they are,” Sharp said.
Sharp also added, if people want to get involved, the re-entry council meets every month at the Erma Byrd Center.