RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Friday, Senator Tim Kaine had a scheduled visit to Richmond to participate in a forum aimed at helping non-violent ex-cons reintegrate into society.
The roundtable discussion, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Richmond Public Library on 101 E. Franklin Street, was set to include ex-cons telling their personal stories and challenges of re-entering the job market and their communities after incarceration.
Adult Alternative Program is also named as a co-host of the program. The Richmond organization works with former offenders, assisting them with obtaining training and other credentials that will assist with obtaining employment after incarceration.
Just last week, the Department of Justice announced that an estimated 6,000 drug offenders will be released from federal prisons across the country by the end of the month. Department of Justice officials say the vast majority of the inmates who will be released are non-violent criminals.
The forum in Richmond will discuss ways in which expansion of resources can assist some non-violent offenders who have already been released to become positive contributors to their communities.
8News reporter Ava-joye Burnett is covering this story. Watch her report on 8News at 5:30 p.m. for more details.