The Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA) strives to assist all District residents who will be returning back into society by providing referral services such as career development, job placement and social services. These services include prison outreach which is designed to meet with men and women that are incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) to inform them of the available resources in place to assist them with a successful reentry. There is a critical importance of maintaining community ties while incarcerated in an effort to improve the likelihood of successful reintegration and reduce recidivism.
In the District of Columbia, more than 5,000 District residents return annually from incarceration. The process of leaving prison can be very difficult, especially for returning citizens and felons that have had to serve lengthy sentences. Reentry programs for returning citizens can be very helpful for those that need a helping hand once outside prison.
Many returning citizens are also challenged by skills deficits that make it difficult for them to compete and succeed in the community. The Digital Inclusion Program provides basic computer classes to provide returning citizens technology experience. MORCA’s goal is to reshape the image of the reentrant, through creativity and innovation, and to introduce new ideas and programs such as these into the post release socialization processes throughout the reentry community. We will continue to engage our federal, faith and community-based organizations through partnerships to meet these goals.