Voices of Reentry: What Communities Need to Know About Returning from Incarceration

There is so much discussion about the challenges that confront people who have been incarcerated and are returning to our communities.  But what do they want us to know that would assist in their attempts to successfully reenter our communities and congregations?

We have gathered a stellar panel of formerly incarcerated individuals who wish to answer this very question. Learn how you can become part of a welcoming community for those returning from places of incarceration. Watch the video below! 


Brittany Herrington, Program Coordinator at Pathways in Ashland, KY

Brittany has 9 years of experience working in the behavioral health field including two years working with the Department of Community Based Services START Team. In addition to her work at Pathways, she is a Project Coordinator of a Health Resources and Services Administration Grant titled “First Day Forward.”  First Day Forward’s mission is to pair a person leaving incarceration with a person in sustained recovery to help navigate the reentry process. She is in long term recovery from a serious drug and alcohol addiction and works daily to advocate for people like her.

Julius Johnson, Director of Reentry Services at Lexington Rescue Mission in Lexington, Kentucky

Julius is a native Lexingtonian. His field of expertise revolves around prison reentry. He recently finished a Masters thesis on women in reentry. Julius has expanded his reentry work to the Fayette County Detention center in Kentucky as well as most of the surrounding counties, including two state prisons. Through education he is learning the hidden areas of concern in reentry. Through his work as Director of Reentry Services, Julius share the information he has learned, with other organizations and works to put it into practical use.

Savvy Kareem-Abdul Shabazz, Bail Disruptor in Louisville, Kentucky

Before joining The Bail Project, Savvy Kareem-Abdul Shabazz was the Assistant Director of Student Success and Community Engagement with the 15K Rise Together Initiative at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky. He is very active in his community leading and serving with initiatives that work to improve the livelihoods and outcomes of Black youth. After he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug offenses, he dedicated himself to standing on “Life Coach…Each One, Teach One Reentry Fellowship,” which brings awareness and prevention to the 3 P’s (Prison, Probation, and Parole).


Dean Bucalos

Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

Héctor J. Hernández Marcial

Director of Community Engagement