5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134-7693
Union Avenue Campus
737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-3322
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: February 25, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
STCC Local Site for National Videoconference on Violent
Southwest Tennessee Community College is the local host institution for a
nationwide videoconference, Going Home. This 90-minute broadcast will take
an in-depth look at the U.S. Justice Department's latest project dealing
with high-risk offenders, the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry
Initiative. It is free and open to the public.
The broadcast will be aired from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 28,
at the Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove, in the Farris Building,
Conference Room C. The videoconference will be sponsored by the Office of
Justice Programs Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
This informative session is designed for criminal and juvenile justice
practitioners, judges and staff, policymakers, community leaders,
prosecutors, defense attorneys, and probation and parole officers. In
addition, representatives from social service agencies, law enforcement
agencies, concerned citizen organizations, and students are also
encouraged to attend.
Patsy Anderson, director of STCC's Gill Center in Frayser, is site
coordinator for the videoconference. She said the reentry of serious,
high-risk offenders into communities across the country has long been a
source of violent crime in the United States.
"More than 63,000 adult and an estimated 100,000 juvenile offenders are
released from prisons and correctional facilities every year," Anderson
said. "The problem of their recidivism has become a crisis that affects
all parts of a community."
According to officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, the goal of the
Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative is to build on innovative
ideas that reduce the recidivism of these offenders, and, thus reduce the
overall amount of violent and other serious crime that is inflicted on our
A primary focus of the videoconference is to identify and enhance existing
successful reentry programs. Topics of discussions will include Funding
Levels, Eligible Applicants, Eligible Activities, Institutionally Based
Programs, Community-Based Transition Programs, and Community-Based Long
For additional information, call the College at 901/333-5970.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.