Office of the Mayor

Mayor's Commission on Reentry

Mission

The mission of the Mayor’s Commission on Reentry is to prevent recidivism by strengthening cooperation and collaboration between law enforcement agencies, corrections and supervision entities, resource agencies, social service and non-profit organizations, community members, and other private and public stakeholders.

Purpose

The purpose of the Mayor’s Commission on Reentry is to coordinate local efforts to support adults exiting local and state incarceration facilities in Columbus and statewide that will be released to a Muscogee County residency. The Commission will provide the Mayor, City Council, the public, and any other appropriate agency with accurate and comprehensive information about this population in respect to service programs, barriers that contribute to their return to a life a crime (i.e. lack of employment opportunities, housing, access to education and healthcare, etc.), and best practices for meeting their needs. The Commission shall also publicly recognize programs that excel in service to this population. In addition, the Commission will coordinate information sharing, planning, and engagement among all interested private and public stakeholders to the extent permissible under Federal and State law.

Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Elections and Registration conference room. Although this is an open meeting to the public because our meeting room is small, we are asking everyone to please email us at mayorsreentrycolsga@gmail.com in case we have to make other accommodations to have room for everyone.

Members

  • Keith L. Mitchell - Chair
  • Andrea Reese - Vice Chair
  • Kristin Barker - Secretary
  • Norman Quarles - Chaplain
  • Waleisah Wilson
  • Michael Forte
  • LaFini Mosby
  • Jeanette James

Advisors

  • Mayor Skip Henderson
  • Councilor John House
  • Joshua McCarty
  • Seth Brown

Upcoming Events

  • July 27- Social Media 101: The Impact of Your Social Media Presence On Your Job Search. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Saturday) at Mildred Terry library. Friends of the Library Room. Space limited to 15. RSVP by emailing nlscoinc1@gmail.com or calling (706) 530-1039.
  • July 30th- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 3rd annual One Stop Shop Resource and Job Fair for Individuals with Criminal Records. This event is being supported by the NEWLY established Mayor's Commission on Reentry. Friendship Baptist Church located at 831 6th Ave. A.W. Fortson Hall Building.
  • July 30th 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Georgia Justice Project will be in a classroom at the resource & job fair to conduct a workshop on Understanding & Correcting Your Criminal Record. There will not be any admittance after 10:40 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring a recent copy of their background check if they want the attorneys to assist them with their particular charges.