Reentry Week takes place during April, which is officially recognized as Second Chance Month.

During Reentry Week each year, Central Ohio organizations, returning citizens, and reentry professionals come together to host a diverse set of community events that celebrate returning citizens, and unpack the intricacies of the justice system as we know it.

We hope that you join us in this celebration as we support our friends, family, and community members who have been incarcerated.

Community Pop-Up Schedule

There will be a Community Pop-Up on April 25 from 12pm – 3pm. Individuals can get FREE birth certificates and ID vouchers. Also available:

  • Government funded phones
  • Primary One/Medicaid
  • Medical & COVID appointments
  • Food pantry (fresh produce, canned goods, etc)
  • Education & Employment Connections
  • Public assistance Benefits

Reentry Week Schedule

April 24th – April 28th

April 24, Monday

Data +  Information + Analysis = Impact |  12pm | Facebook Live

Join Franklin County’s Office of Justice Policy & Programs, The Council of State Governments, and Measurement Resources Company for a presentation about data and measurements.

April 25, Tuesday

Community Pop-Up | 12pm – 3pm | St Stephen’s Community House, 1500 E 17th Ave

Join us for a Community Pop-Up. Individuals will be able to get public assistance benefits, vaccine appointments, government funded cell phones, and find job opportunities.

Released: Art and Freedom | 6:30pm – 8pm | Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St

Join directly-impacted artists for a multi-disciplinary art exhibition highlighting the importance of expression and creativity in the restoration process. Light dinner will be served.

April 26, Wednesday

Advocacy Day at the Statehouse | 9am – 2pm | Register

Join ARCH and other justice reform advocates for a day of education and action around current legislation. Participants will learn how to strategic plan, organize campaigns, and meet with legislators.

Meanings From The Bench – A Day In The Life | 12pm – 1pm | Facebook Live

Join Franklin County’s Office of Justice Policy & Programs for a Q&A with Judges Stephen L. McIntosh, Sheryl K. Munson, Jaiza N. Page, and Karen Held Phipps.

April 27, Thursday

ODRC Video In Reach Session | 9am – 10am | Teams Link

The ODRC Office of Reentry is excited to host a special edition of the Video Inreach Program highlighting successes and lessons learned in reentry and reintegration.

Reckoning with Reentry and Repair | 12:30pm – 2pm | 2657 East Broad Street

Guest speaker and anti-violence scholar, Danielle Sered, will join Bishop Gregory Palmer and local justice experts for a provocative conversation about responses to violence, restorative reentry, and our reckoning with justice.