Photos courtesy of Times Leader news.
Luzerne County Reentry Service Center in an event called a Transition Celebration. To commemorate the seriousness of the accomplishment of these individuals, the event was held at the Luzerne County Courthouse Rotunda and the keynote speaker was Mark Rockovich, Luzerne County Prison Director of Correctional Services.
The local paper, the Times-Leader, attended also. Read the Times Leader news article.
Luzerne Reentry Service Center staff, county officials, program alumni, graduates and their families attended the ceremony to share stories and celebrate the participants completing the intensive reentry program. Transition ceremonies are an important milestone for graduates and offer community members an opportunity to recognize and celebrate participants’ hard work. In addition to the keynote speaker, some graduates shared remarks on their experience in the center.
Rockovich told the audience that he firmly believes in the program, saying it’s brought down recidivism rates in the county and cut costs. Since opening in 2010, Luzerne County Reentry Service Center has hosted 13 transition ceremonies.
Located at 125 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Suite 4 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, the RSC opened to alleviate jail crowding at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and reduce chronic recidivism rates among adult probationers. The center provides evidence-based treatment, training, and supervision for up to 150 individuals at one time. Individuals referred to the center are required to participate in a multi-phase program that includes regular reporting to the center, intensive treatment and ongoing drug and alcohol testing.