City of Birmingham creating re-entry task force to help formerly incarcerated


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will join the Dannon Project today at 2p.m. on Monday, April 30 at Birmingham City Hall to announce a new program that will help formerly incarcerated citizens. 

The Dannon Project helps restore lives through job preparation, certifications and training, and re-entry services, according to the Dannon Project website. 

Woodfin and the Dannon Project are working to create Re-entry Task Force, designed to help rebuild families after the incarceration of a loved one and to help reduce the rate of recidivism, or re-offending, according to a release from the City of Birmingham.

Mayor Woodfin’s goals are the following: 

1) Establish a task force membership with firsthand experience in dealing with incarceration. 

2) Establish the scale and nature of recidivism in Birmingham. 

3) Determine the key causes of recidivism in Birmingham. 

4) Identify key stakeholders to impact recidivism. 

5) Establish interventions to help reduce recidivism. 

6) Support families and communities impacted by recidivism.

7) Provide actionable recommendations. 

CBS 42 will have a full report on the task force coming up on the CBS 42 News at 6.

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