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President Bush on Wednesday said, "I'm about to sign a piece of legislation that will help give prisoners across America a second chance for a better life. This bill is going to support the caring men and women who help America's prisoners find renewal and hope. Click here to read full transcript.
On January 29, 2008, President Bush celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Faith-Based and Community Initiative (FBCI) by touring the Jericho prisoner reentry program in Baltimore. Jericho is a grantee of the Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (PRI), which the President proposed in 2004 as a signature program of the Faith-Based and Community Initiative. Fact Sheet: FBCI - A Quiet Revolution
Last November, the OFBCI hosted the first-ever White House Prisoner Reentry Summit in Los Angeles, CA. White House OFBCI Director Jay Hein and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao were joined by more than 1,000 individuals from 47 States, including Federal, State and local corrections officials, academics, and nonprofit leaders. Two days of training and workshops centered on replicable models for government partnership with community- and faith-based organizations to reduce crime and break cycles of recidivism. Fact Sheet: Prisoner Reentry
On March 22, 2007, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives hosted a Compassion in Action Roundtable, entitled “Faith and Community-Based Partnerships to Improve Prisoner Reentry Services.” The roundtable assembled leaders from various sectors working to reduce criminal recidivism and its impact on local communities. Click here to read full roundtable report.
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) Director Jay Hein led a delegation to Rwanda and Zambia from March 30 to April 5, 2008, hosting White House Conferences to engage government, business, religious and community leaders on ways to further public-private partnerships and health initiatives by joining efforts with local nonprofit organizations. Following President Bush's travels to the region in February, the Conferences and other delegation activities highlighted innovative models that place faith-based and other grassroots organizations at the center of the fight against poverty, disease and other ills in Africa. Click here for full press release.