Citizens Circle - Coming Home To Stay

What is a Citizen Circle?


Citizens Circles are groups of people from our community that create partnerships that promote positive social interaction and accountability. This circle of people is committed to helping ex-offenders make the change from "offender" to "citizen". Ex-offenders and their families develop relationships with members of the community and together develop a plan to help the ex-offender become accepted as a productive citizen and community member.

Citizen Circles communicate to ex-offenders the belief that their debt has been paid and the community is willing to accept them as a restored citizen. Citizen Circles provide the opportunity for developing partnerships, making a dfference in an ex-offender's behavior while promoting community safety.

How can Citizen Circles help me and how do I apply?


Upon release of incarceration, you may seek involvement with a Citizen Circle of your own free will. Applicants are accepted to the Citizen Circle based on identifed criteria, such as:

• Completed application
• Accepting responsibility for past criminal behavior
• Participating in community service
• Setting goals focused on law abiding and productive community behavior

After your application has been submitted, a representative of the Circle will conduct an interview with you and present you to the entire Circle membership. Citizen Circles focus on your future rather than your past. Citizen Circles create an environment aimed at fostering acceptance and focusing on your personal strengths.

Who do Citizen Circles help?


CITIZENS
• Through personal involvement in managing ex-ffenders’ return to their neighborhoods
• Through better understanding of the correctional process and issues ex-offenders face upon reentry
• By helping to reduce the likelihood of recidivism, which benefits the community
OFFENDERS
• Provides a network of support and acceptance
• Increases access to community resources
• Increases belonging and self worth
• By increasing compliance with conditions of release
• By instilling long-term behavioral and attitude change
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION & CORRECTIONS
• By having stronger links to the community
• By creating an increased effectiveness in the supervision of ex-ffenders.

Who Should be Involved?


♦ Faith Community
♦ Neighbors
♦ Employers
♦ Community Organizations
♦ Victims
♦ Offender’s and Ex-Offender's Families
♦ Education Professionals
♦ Social Service Agencies
♦ Law Enforcement
♦ Mentors
♦ Corrections Officials

If you would like to be a part of this opportunity for change, please contact our office at (937) 322-2522 and speak with a member of our staff or email us at info@ond.oicofclarkco.org.