Life After Incarceration: A Panel Discussion and Open Dialogue

April 26, 2011 | Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College will host a “Life After Incarceration” panel discussion on May 23rd featuring participants from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s ComALERT program. The event will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Founder’s Auditorium at 1650 Bedford Avenue and will be open to both the College community and the general public.

Created in 1999 by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to act as a bridge between prison and the community for parolees returning to Brooklyn, ComALERT (Community and Law /Enforcement Resources Together) assists formerly incarcerated individuals in making a successful transition from prison to home. ComALERT offers program participants a wide array of essential services that include on site substance abuse treatment and counseling, GED and Life Skills classes, job readiness training with permanent job placement assistance, and makes priority referrals for transitional housing and job training.

“ComALERT plays an essential role in helping break the cycle of recidivism and helping to salvage lives of many individuals who might otherwise fall into negative and criminal behavior. By providing opportunities for education, job and life skills, Medgar Evers College and the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office provide a path to a productive life for many formerly incarcerated individuals. This discussion should shine the light on the importance of such programs in helping rebuilding lives and communities,” said MEC President William L. Pollard.

Four ComALERT participants will serve as panelists for the event and will each share their personal experiences about life after incarceration, followed by an open dialogue session with the audience. The panel discussion will be moderated by John R. Chaney, JD, Executive Director of ComALERT.

“Life After Incarceration” is sponsored by the Community Justice Program – a partnership between Medgar Evers College and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office which seeks to provide educational support for formerly incarcerated individuals and others at risk of incarceration through engagement and partnership with the District Attorney’s existing reentry and diversion programs and through the collaborative development of new initiatives to prevent recidivism and promote community health and safety.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts of educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.