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UHD Students Join Community Leaders for Reentry Services Training in Harris County Jail

Van Horn Reentry ProgramTwenty eight criminal justice students in assistant professor Judith Harris' senior seminar course joined approximately 40 community leaders today for Harris County's annual Reentry Services training to work in the Harris County Jail.

The students, corrections personnel and nonprofit representatives received training on the Prison Rape Elimination Act and security measures when working with inmates as part of their pre-badging process.

For the second year in a row, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia allowed Reentry Services training to occur at UHD's College of Public Service.

"Working hand-in-hand with Harris County representatives to support inmates' rehabilitation has been a great privilege for my students and me," said Harris. "It is an honor that Sheriff Garcia and Reentry Services Program Director Jennifer Herring consider us as part of their valued team. Through this interactive service-learning project, UHD students get to personally advocate for their clients in jail and are rewarded with real-world skills they can carry with them upon graduation."

Unlike other jails that provide rehabilitative services only upon reentry to society, this program - the first of its kind in the nation - extends much-needed training throughout inmates' incarceration. American Jails Magazine profiled this novel collaboration between UHD criminal justice students and the Harris County Sheriff's Office in its November/December 2014 issue.