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Guiding offenders to become productive citizens.
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"According to the Bureau of Prisons, job training is a crucial part of reentry. For more than 80 years, federal prisons have provided job skills training. Inmates who participate are much less likely to recidivate or engage in misconduct, and they are more likely to be gainfully employed upon release."

Read more about the elements of a successful reentry into society from our CEO, Cleveland Bell, and learn about the ways that Riverside House is helping ex-offenders get back into the community.
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This month's Young Professional Board highlight is Katie Carmon! Katie was born and raised in rural south Georgia. The University of Alabama (roll tide!) awarded her a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2005. Katie began her service to the indigent population as an investigator with the Public Defender Service in the District of Columbia, where she investigated cases on behalf of clients charged in DC Superior Court. She was humbled by the opportunity to do such important work and vowed to continue the same as a lawyer. Katie obtained her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2009. She served as an Articles Editor on the North Carolina Law Review, Director of the Pro Bono Board, as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and as a coach of the Broun National Mock Trial Team. She graduated Order of the Coif. Her first job after law school was as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office. Katie quickly rose through the ranks from trying misdemeanor cases to homicides. She ended her career as an APD as a Felony Training Attorney, where she mentored and trained newly-minted felony attorneys. Katie is most proud of her work as a member of the office's Forensic Task Force, where she developed and litigated numerous motions regarding the systemic impact and fallibility of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Since 2014, Katie has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of Florida, where she represents clients charged with drug and gun offenses, fraud, immigration violations, sex offenses, and allegations of terrorism. In her tenure as a criminal defense lawyer, she has tried over 50 cases to jury. She also serves as a Director for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami chapter. Katie is honored to serve as co-chair of the Riverside House Young Professionals Board. She feels strongly that everyone deserves a second chance, and is constantly impressed with the work and resources at Riverside House, and their commitment to that very same ideal.
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Remember, have faith that the Lord will be on your side!
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On September 22nd, Chaplain Harrell Henton attended the Brownsville Community Day from 10am - 1pm hosted by State Representative, Cynthia Stafford. This community day was meant to help those that need healthcare, child support, driver licenses, and voter registrations. Riverside House was present to let those in the community know about our alumni services, aftercare department, and to give referrals regarding housing, employment, and substance abuse. Here's a photo of Chaplain Henton at the Brownsville Community Day!
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Our client success stories make us so proud! Thank you to our community supporters who help us change the lives of ex-offenders. #FeelGoodFriday
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The New York Times recently flew down to Miami to do a feature story on one of our graduates, Yraida Guanipa of the YG Institute. Yraida holds a PhD and started a non-profit organization that helps former prisoners and their families. These photos are “the making of” shots - a behind-the-scenes view of this story. Look for the New York Times feature in the near future!
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This is Don Thompson. As a young man, he encountered his fair share of trouble — trouble that landed him in prison more than once. With the help of places like Riverside House, Don was able to find a better path in life and knows the value of having a supportive environment to help keep him on the straight and narrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aT1npqUlI4
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Thank you to everyone who filled out our recent survey. We appreciate your feedback! Congratulations to our gift card prize winner, Samantha, who works at Dismas, a residential reentry center in Dania. Congratulations, Samantha!
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Our very own Mr. Bell, CEO of Riverside House was a guest speaker at the Federal Correctional Institution completion ceremony that happened earlier this month. He was able to share his own experience and inspire others with his success! In this photo from left to right is Ms. Riley (DTS), Mr. Bell, Ms. Hanna (DTS), and Dr. Skibinski (DAPC).
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