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Charles Thornton, Director of the District of Columbia’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs Releases 2012 Annual Report

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Charles Thornton, Director of the District of Columbia’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs Releases 2012 Annual Report

A Letter from the Director and the 2012 ORCA Annual Report

As the Director of the District of Columbia’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, I am pleased to provide you the 2012 annual report of the activities of the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA) and the work ORCA has undertaken to enhance the reentry processes.

What we envision at ORCA is not new. However, it is now being addressed from within a fundamentally different paradigm: one that recognizes correctional systems alone are not sufficient to change offender behavior. Incarceration oftentimes puts a strain on a locale’s budget, and the District is no different; the city’s annual cost to incarcerate an adult offender is approximately $40,000. Therefore, investing in the post-release success of the offender has the potential to offer meaningful budgetary incentives. Also, successful reentry is important not only to the futures of offenders and their families, but also to the well-being, safety and quality of life for families and neighborhoods throughout our city.

ORCA is continuing its mission to assist returning citizens prepare for life as law-abiding and productive members of society. In that regard, we are maintaining our three overarching goals which are to:

(1) Reintegrate offenders into society, (2) Reduce recidivism, and (3) Promote and maintain public safety.

We hope the accomplishments outlined in this 2012 Annual Report will highlight our efforts to make a difference in the lives of men and women returning to society after a period(s) of incarceration.

Finally, we must acknowledge the many long hours and dedication of our community, faith-based and municipal partners as we have forged ahead in a collective partnership. This collaborative alliance has positioned ORCA to draw on the dedicated and talented human and social capital from many sources as well as target the impact of incarceration now and on future generations of District of Columbia residents.

Sincerely,

Charles Thornton
Director, ORCA
 

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