(BOP) – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and her senior staff visited the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Talladega, AL on Friday, April 29, 2016 as part of the first-ever National Reentry Week. The Attorney General visited the prison to see first-hand the important reentry work that promotes public safety and reduces crime.
While at the institution, Attorney General Lynch spoke to staff and inmates about programming opportunities available at the FCI, including educational and vocational training and substance abuse treatment. She visited the UNICOR factory and saw inmates participating in the Bureau's most successful reentry program.
Acting Director Kane thanked the Attorney General for joining Bureau of Prisons staff in recognition of reentry week: "We owe Attorney General Lynch a great debt of gratitude for raising the awareness of the American people and policymakers, and for supporting the work Bureau staff do to prepare incarcerated men and women for reentry into their communities." Before departing the institution, Attorney General Lynch addressed the FCI Talladega staff. She stated, "The Bureau of Prisons and its remarkable staff have shown extraordinary commitment to the work that so many people forget about or don't want to see. That work represents some of the most critical efforts in our criminal justice system - and it deserves to be lifted up."
During National Reentry Week, Bureau of Prisons facilities across the country hosted events including inmate job fairs, events for children of inmates, legal assistance clinics, events to assist with obtaining photo identification, panel discussions with formerly incarcerated individuals and more.