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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Eight)

By: Katie Sobiech

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As we conclude this series on the world of re-entry we share the great news that recidivism is dropping in Summit County and the numbers are showing improvement through the efforts of the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN), Oriana House and others.

The SCRN is proud to say that they are changing the county and state of Ohio for the better, and reaching new goals every day.
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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Six)

By: Katie Sobiech

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The Reentry Program in Summit County continues to grow and improve, according to Bernie Rochfield, executive vice president of Oriana House.

Rochfield, involved in reentry work for the past 30 years, has witnessed first-hand how things have progressed.

“Things have grown so much, even in just the last 2 ½ -3 years,” Terry Tribe Johnson, Summit County Reentry Coordinator, agreed.

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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Five)

By: Katie Sobiech

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Now that we’ve discussed what works, what doesn’t, and the waves of change that are beginning to crash in on the reentry world in Summit County, it’s time to address a huge barrier. This wall has barricaded ex-felons in, giving them hardly any other options but to go back to their criminal lifestyles over the years.
This barrier is employment.
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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Four)

By: Katie Sobiech

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So far we’ve discussed the gaps in the system and what doesn’t work in the area of reentry, but the question that arises now is what does work? And how can we encourage these ideas worth spreading?

The Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) and Oriana House have found a few things to be key in helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. This includes role playing, and taking the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) test, to determine their level of offense so that they can provide the best plan possible. 

Their goal is to eliminate the faults in the system and work out the kinks that they’ve found throughout the years. This change may be exactly what the reentry world needs in order to reduce recidivism rates, and ultimately change our community.  Continue reading

Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Three)

By: Katie Sobiech

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While working with ex-offenders, the Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) and others have found a crucial missing piece in the “reentry puzzle”.  

This “revelation” is that not everyone fits the same mold, or needs the same treatment. Providing one standard treatment could actually cause more harm than good to people with different backgrounds, leaving them in worse-off situations. 

Each individual needs a tailored plan to fit their unique life situation and struggles. Putting everyone in the same category and treating them the same can be detrimental.  Continue reading