Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign
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The Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign highlights some of the innovative work being done at the community level to meet the needs of the unprecedented number of prisoners who are reentering society. It utilizes the power of the media to motivate and mobilize community action by raising public awareness and supporting local initiatives. A long-term effort of the Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign involves multiple public television documentaries that address the issues raised by prisoners reentering their families and communities. In addition, it provides resources for faith-based organizations that are involved in providing services to returning prisoners.
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The Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign provides resource materials to support local faith-based and other community organizations in reaching reentering prisoners. Its video Outside the Walls: A National Snapshot of Community-Based Prisoner Reentry Programs is available free of charge for use in the work of reentry professionals. It provides overviews of successful and innovative programs across the country. In the summer of 2005, a “culturally competent clergy” training video entitled To Serve This Present Age: Reentering Through Faith will be available to provide an introduction and orientation to issues facing ex-offenders as they reenter their families and communities. This video, developed in collaboration with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice of the National Association of Blacks in Community Justice, will offer examples of faith-based reentry practices related to five modules: Reentry support and mentoring of formerly incarcerated men and women; mentoring children of prisoners; partnerships and collaborations; strengthening families and communities; and disproportionate minority confinement.