City: Re-entry discussion to continue Wednesday

By Erin Kolb

The city of Rockford and Transform Rockford will host a second re-entry program visioning session from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Regional Center for Planning and Design.

The re-entry program is designed to help prisoners readjust to society. According to David Sidney, project director of Transform Rockford, the city of Rockford reached out to the organization to seek public input on what a re-entry program would look like.

“Our first steps are to determine what is the vision, and what is needed to make that vision a reality,” Sidney said.

A first meeting was hosted January 29 to discuss what can be done to improve the re-entry programs already in place.

“Basically, we captured input from the public,” Sidney said. “Our next step is to recap and start outlining the framework. We hope to broaden on what a successful program looks like.”

Discussed at the first session was the vision of the program, what is needed to achieve the vision, and who is needed to achieve that vision, in terms of local and government organizations.

The Regional Center for Planning and Design is at 315 N. Main St. Wednesday’s session is open to the public.

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