Day 2 - (Chief Justice) Ralph D. Gants Reentry Services: A living memorial through service to those returning from incarceration
Date & Time: October 26, 2023 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
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Description. In 2022 the Massachusetts Legislature committed $2 million to the creation of the Gants Reentry Services Program via the Office of Community Corrections (OCC). According to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, “Gants observed the need to do whatever works best, based on the best available social science evidence, to reduce recidivism and put people with criminal histories back on the path to living normal lives, not only for their sake, but for the sake of our society as a whole.” Through its network of 18 Community Justice Support Centers across Massachusetts, the OCC provides a venue for people that have been previously incarcerated to get help with state identification, housing, education, employment, and other emerging needs. Thanks to the Gants Program, Support Centers are now staffed with Re-entry Services Coordinators who may have lived-experience to help navigate and mentor as one returns from incarceration and Public Benefits Coordinators who will help access MassHealth, SNAP, and other publicly provided benefits.
Vincent L. Lorenti, Esq. Director of Community Corrections, Massachusetts Probation Service
Senator William Brownsberger, President Pro Tempore, Suffolk and Middlesex
Jessica Alves, Program Manager, Community Justice Support Center Lowell
Matt Pike, Re-entry Services Coordinator, Old Colony YMCA
Erika Chen, Re-entry Services Coordinator, Bay State Community Services, Community Justice Support Center Boston
Kenneth Klier, Chief Operating Officer, Old Colony YMCA
Angela Orlandi, OCC Program Manager, Community Justice Support Center, Brockton
JC Jones, Old Colony YNCA Re-entry Services Coordinator for the Community Justice Support Center, Brockton.