The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society will host a discussion related to prisoner re-entry services from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Eberly Auditorium. The program is free and open to the community.
The discussion will focus on the personal history of a man who has experienced drug addiction, criminal offending, incarceration, rehabilitation and reintegration into the Pittsburgh community.
A panel including several community professionals will discuss these experiences and the connections between drug abuse, crime and community reintegration.
Panelists include Stephanie Ackley, director of Reentry Services at SCI Pine Grove; Bryan Frycklund, Indiana County Probation and Parole; Kami Anderson, executive director of the Armstrong, Indiana, Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission; and Dr. Ralph May, psychologist and chief clinical officer at the Community Guidance Center.
After the initial presentation and commentary from the panelists, members from the audience will be invited to share their thoughts and ask questions.
Audience members can anticipate learning about the prisoner re-entry process, the challenges faced by offenders as they return to public communities, the characteristics of successful re-entry programs and the services provided by human service agencies that ease re-entry processes and reduce offender recidivism.
In addition to the discussion, IUP Prison Society students are holding a professional clothing drive to benefit former offenders as they prepare to re-enter the workforce.
Donations are being accepted at the IUP Department of Criminology in Wilson Hall and at the discussion on Wednesday.
For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Lee, IUP Prison Society adviser and professor of criminology.