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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ Day long sessions will be tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities of each region of the state ~

RICHMOND (May 3, 2017)-As part of his first of its kind initiative to improve and coordinate re-entry programming in local and regional jails, Attorney General Mark R. Herring and his team will be hosting a series of five regional training sessions for local law enforcement agencies, service providers, housing, substance abuse, and mental health advocates, and others whose work helps prevent reoffending by individuals who leave Virginia jails. While the state has invested in considerable improvements in re-entry programming at its state prisons, that level of support and coordination for local and regional jails had been absent prior to the launch of Attorney General Herring's re-entry initiative and hiring of DeVon Simmons as the state's first local and regional jail re-entry coordinator. Attorney General Herring will kick off the series with opening remarks at the first training session on Thursday, May 4 at John Tyler Community College in Chester.


"Re-entry is a powerful win-win investment that makes our communities safer and saves taxpayers money," said Attorney General Herring. "I'm really proud of the infrastructure we've been building over the last few years and the many localities that have added, expanded, or strengthened their re-entry efforts. These sessions are going to be a great opportunity for all the stakeholders in a community to come together, decide what successful re-entry looks like in their community, and develop a plan to make it happen."


Each day-long regional training session will be tailored to the unique challenges and resources available in each community. The afternoon of each session will be dedicated to bringing together all participating stakeholders from each individual locality to develop a community-specific approach to implementing more effective re-entry services.


The following regional sessions will be held from 8:30 to 4:00 pm:

May 4, 2017-Richmond Metro Area
John Tyler Community College Chester Campus
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831


May 11, 2017-Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Training Academy
411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23451


May 16, 2017-Northern Virginia
A.J. Ferlazzo Office Building
15941 Donald Curtis Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191


May 23, 2017-Central and Southside Virginia
Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502


May 25, 2017-Southwest Virginia
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Cir, Abingdon, VA 24210


(For more information on any training, or to sign up to participate, please contact Statewide Re-entry Coordinator DeVon Simmons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804)371-0648.)