Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation designating April 22-27 as Reentry Awareness Week in Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Correction will join in the observance of National Reentry Week, according to a news release.

“Re-entry provides offenders with the tools necessary to turn away from criminal behavior and embrace a better future where they are contributing to society and taking care of their families,” according to the governor’s proclamation.

ADC Director Wendy Kelley echoed the governor’s statement.

“Eight out of every 10 inmates incarcerated in the department will be released at some point,” Kelley said. “These individuals will ultimately shop with us, pray with us, and live next to us. It is in all of our collective interests to ensure that they are prepared to the fullest extent possible for their eventual release.”

ADC’s hosted events will be presented through its Think Legacy Reentry Program, an evidenced-based program developed by the ADC, designed to increase the potential for successful reintegration of participating inmates into the community. Details: .