Eastern District Of Tennessee Reentry Summit Held In Chattanooga

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 2014 Eastern District of Tennessee Reentry Summit, Working Together for a Solution, was hosted by William C. Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, at Chattanooga State Community College on Tuesday.

Approximately 80 individuals from the Tennessee State Department of Corrections, state and local law enforcement, and various service provider representatives attended the summit.  Presenters included representatives from Middle Tennessee Community Reentry; Tennessee Mental Health Cooperative; the Next Door, Inc.; Familes Free, Inc.; Veteran’s Justice Outreach, Department of Veteran’s Affairs; Franklin County Drug Court; Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole; U.S. Probation; city of Chattanooga; and U.S Attorney’s Office. 

At the direction of the attorney general, in early 2013 the Justice Department launched a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure federal laws are enforced more fairly and—in an era of reduced budgets—more efficiently. Specifically, this project identified five goals:

To ensure finite resources are devoted to the most important law enforcement priorities;
To promote fairer enforcement of the laws and alleviate disparate impacts of the criminal justice system;
To ensure just punishments for low-level, nonviolent convictions;
To bolster prevention and reentry efforts to deter crime and reduce recidivism;
To strengthen protections for vulnerable populations.
 

As part of its review, the Department of Justice studied all phases of the criminal justice system—including reentry—to examine which practices are most successful at deterring crime and protecting the public, and which aren’t. The review also considered demographic disparities that have provoked questions about the fundamental fairness of the criminal justice system. 

U.S. Attorney Killian said, “The goal of reentry is reduction of crime and recidivism.  Due to the knowledge and expertise of the presenters, representatives attending from the various agencies in the state, local and federal criminal justice systems were able to take away useful information that will help them implement reentry objectives."


Bradley Square Mall Hosts Mommy And Me Kid's Talent And Fashion Show

Bradley Square Mall will host the  Mommy and Me Kid's Talent and Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. All participants must have a signed pre-registration form filled out and submitted prior to the event. Registration forms my be picked up at Guest Services, Ashton Manor or downloaded from  here. Registration forms are due by  Friday, Oct. 31 . (click for more)

SIGNIX Hires New Vice President Of Partner Development

SIGNiX , a company that provides secure and simple digital signature services announced the hiring of its new Vice President of Partner Development, Leonora Zilkha Williamson. Ms. Williamson will work to identify and target potential partners in a variety of industries.  SIGNiX has long been a partner-centric company that focuses on providing total solutions to software ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)