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Prisoner re-entry topic of Va. statewide conference

Wednesday - 5/23/2012, 5:20am  ET

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Public and private-sector leaders and professionals are gathering in Williamsburg to talk about prisoners re-entering the community.

The first statewide Offender Re-entry Conference is set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center.

The Virginia Department of Corrections is hosting the event. The theme is "Keeping Communities Safe: Reducing Crime Through Offender Re-entry Strategies."

The corrections department says the goal is to provide an opportunity for law enforcement professionals, service providers, faith-based organizations and community leaders to learn more about the role they play in prisoners' return to society after incarceration.

The conference is part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's Re-entry Initiative, which he established by executive order in 2010.


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