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OFFICE OF REENTRY STAFF

Crystal Bryant, Program Director
Cbryant@cuyahogacounty.us

Fred Bolotin, Social Program Administrator 5
Fbolotin@cuyahogacounty.us

Mary Kelley, Program Officer 4
Mkelley@cuyahogacounty.us

Bonnie Thomas, Fiscal Officer 1
Bthomas@cuyahogacounty.us

Vikki Pope, Program Officer 3
Vpope@cuyahogacounty.us

Donnette Lewis, Secretary
Dlewis@cuyahogacounty.us



NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

» Expungement Clinic
1st Thursday of each month (except July)
Advanced registration required. Call 216-687-1900
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
5:00pm - 6:30pm at Legal Aid

January 5, 2017
February 2, 2017
March 2, 2017
April 6, 2017
May 4, 2017
June 1, 2017
August 3, 2017
September 7, 2017
October 5, 2017
November 2, 2017
December 7, 2017


» Seal Your Record Information Workshop
North Star Neighborhood Resource Center
11:00am - 12:00pm at NorthStar

February 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
June 7, 2017
August 2, 2017
October 4, 2017
December 6, 2017


Hello and welcome to Cuyahoga County’s Office of Reentry website!


We are delighted that you have decided to visit our website. The information contained on this website is intended to be a resourceful tool for those reentering the community after incarceration. However, it is not intended to be utilized as legal advice for an individual situation, but does contain some information that pertains to record sealing, expungement, and how to obtain some legal assistance.

Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry Welcomes New Director

We are pleased to announce that Crystal Bryant will take over the executive director position recently held by the retiring Luis Vazquez. Crystal comes to us from the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office. Crystal holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and also received an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University. Crystal is expected to take over in an official capacity sometime in early December but we would like to take this moment to officially welcome her to our office. 

Crystal Bryant, Program Director 

What is Reentry and why is it important?

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, “Re‐entry refers to the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community.” This population is defined as all persons who have been convicted of a criminal offense and are physically and mentally returning to society, whether or not they have served executed time on a federal, state, or local level. With regard to those offenders who are incarcerated, if their stay is 30 days or longer, the American Correctional Association (ACA) standards require that re‐entry preparation assistance be offered to them.

An offender’s reentry transition from supervision under the criminal justice system back into the community is a complex transition for most offenders, and can have profound implications for public safety. This process can be difficult for them, as well as for their families; due to lack of adequate education and job skills, limited housing options, mental health issues, and some former offenders are likely to struggle with former substance abuse issues.

Congress recognized the importance of this reentry issue by passing the Second Chance Act of 2007 (SCA). SCA provides federal grants for programs and services that work to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes. Federal grants are also provided to support research and evaluation on a variety of aspects relating to offender reentry.

Reentry continues to gain considerable attention from researchers, practitioners and also elected government officials due to the positive economic impact of transforming ex-offenders into productive citizens.

What is the Office of Reentry?

The Office of Reentry is a division of the Community Initiatives offices under Cuyahoga County’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services, and is located in Courthouse Square. Although, we do not provide direct services we do support reentry research, community education, advocacy and best practices in the delivery of services. Ultimately these services provide formally incarcerated persons with a continuum of opportunities to support reintegration back into the community and neighborhoods.

Background Information

The Greater Cleveland Reentry Strategy was developed by the City of Cleveland in July 2005. The purpose of the strategy was to focus community efforts to improve outcomes associated with the transition from prison to the community. The original Reentry Strategy included thirteen major components; one of which was the establishment of an Office of Reentry which Cuyahoga County officials established in January 2009. The Office of Reentry collaborates with policymakers, community leaders and service providers to identify reentry challenges and barriers Greater Clevelanders face, and work to target resources toward sound comprehensive solutions.

Purpose of Reentry Website

This website incorporates shared local reentry information and resources; it is intended to provide an organized directory of local reentry services.