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Reentry Fair Prepares Inmates for Successful Release

June 23, 2017

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly , DOC Communications)

SHELTON – Close to 3,000 inmates in the state of Washington will finish their sentence in the next 24 months. To help that transition back into society, Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton recently hosted a reentry fair.

Over 50 inmates attended the one day event which featured local businesses and colleges, including Centralia College, Original Pilot House Coffees, and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, who set up booths to talk about potential job opportunities. Superintendent Dan White addressed the group to begin the day.

Other post-release speakers shared their stories of getting a job or starting their own businesses, which helped their successful transition to their communities and thereby increased public safety.

The Department of Licensing was also present to help inmates prepare to get a state-issued identification card. The day concluded with a presentation about addressing conviction history during job interviews.