On May, 19th, 2012 the Bronx Reentry working group, co-chaired by Pamela A. Valeria, PhD, Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ramon Semorille, crew supervisor for Bronx Communtiy Solutions, participated in this years Bronx Week event by hosting it's 2nd annual communtiy forum and resource fair titled, "I'm Home...What Next?".
The day held many interesting presentations, including a panel discussion on the '.. new face of alternative sentencing'. Representatives from parole, probation and the center for court innovation discussed thier responses to communtiy supervision. While another presentation, given by Joshua S. Sevin, Deputy Director,of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia shared his reseach finding that highlighted the benefits to employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals.
Opening remarks were given by the co-chair, Ramon Semorille who touchingly acknoweledged the working groups co-founder and former chair, Mandolin Restivo for all her hard work and passionate dedication to this group and this cause. Community partners, presentors and attendee's alike, came away from this forum with more knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the issues and concerns affecting our returning citizens in the Bronx.
Special thanks goes to TK Singleton, coordinator of community initatives and Lee Serano, intern from the New York Juvenile Justice Corp for thier hard work and contribution to the success of this forum.