In 2018 over 600 persons released from Georgia Department of Corrections facilities returned to Chatham County. For many of them the maze of community reintegration is hopelessly never ending. Drug charges may prohibit them from public housing, Food Stamps, or Student Loans. And, in Georgia, persons on probation or parole can’t vote on matters that impact them. With so many doors closed, frustration, anger, and hopelessness often set it.
The 4th Annual WHEN IS THE DEBT PAID? Conference is FREE for citizens with criminal histories and is designed to help returning citizens successfully navigate through the maze of reintegration. Dr. Maxine Bryant founded this unique conference with the desire to inform, inspire, motivate, and encourage returning citizens. This year’s speakers include members of the organization that created the ‘Ban-The-Box’ movement, which advocates for employers to remove the question, ‘Have you ever been arrested/convicted’ from employment applications. Additionally, Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, author of the Healing Communities Initiative, is the Keynote Speaker. Local returning citizens will speak about their experiences. There is also a session for friends and families who support loved ones returning from incarceration, a mini-job fair, and a professional clothing givea way. WHEN: Saturday, March 30th, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm WHERE:: Georgia Southern, Armstrong Campus Student Union, 2nd Floor Breakfast and Lunch is provided
Call 912-344-3602 to reserve your space! YOU MUST REGISTER BY March 25.
Sponsored by Georgia Southern University; Overcoming By Faith Church, Savannah; Dismas Charities; Prison Fellowship of Georgia; Pastor’s Alliance of Savannah; First African Baptist Church, Savannah; Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship, Savannah; and Bryant Educational Seminars & Training.
• Have you ever been convicted of a
• Are you on probation or parole?
• Do you know your rights as a
citizen with a criminal history?
• Are you still facing challenges
in efforts to successfully
reintegrate into society?