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Monday, February 25, 2002††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† 202/307-0703





National Satellite Videoconference to Spotlight Federal Multi-agency Reentry Initiative



WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė On Thursday, February 28, the Justice Departmentís Office of Justice Programs will broadcast a national satellite videoconference to highlight the new Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative.A collaboration among the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice and Labor, the initiative supports efforts to ensure public safety by helping returning offenders become productive members of their communities.†† The videoconference will provide crucial information regarding the programís design and goals, funding levels, eligible applicants and eligible activities.It will also answer many frequently asked questions about the initiative.


WHEN:††††††††††† Thursday, February 28, 2002 at from 1:30 p.m. EST to 3:00 p.m. EST


WHAT:††††††††††† Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Satellite Videoconference


The videoconference is the first part of OJPís effort to provide information about the Reentry Initiative and answer questions from prospective applicants.OJP will also convene a series of eight regional workshops, with the first one scheduled for March 8 in Columbus, Ohio.


For more information about the videoconference or the regional workshops, or to obtain a copy of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Application Package, see the Reentry section of the Office of Justice Programsí (OJP) Website at a list of downlink sites receiving the broadcast or to register to receive the broadcast online through streaming video, please contact the Juvenile Justice Telecommunications Assistance Project (JJTAP) at 859/622-6671 or see the JJTAP videoconference Website at After the broadcast, the videoconference will be available as an Internet archive at


Media and Congressional staff should contact the OJP Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

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