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Dec 23

Helping Families through Social Skills Classes

Posted to Community Services News on December 23, 2019 at 11:27 AM by Janet Lo

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Office of Justice Initiatives - Pretrial Services
Helping Families through Social Skills Classes

Family values and healthy social skills are often at the core of positive and safe relationships. The Programs Unit of Pretrial Services helps those previously incarcerated to improve their social skills to have healthier relationships and prevent future offenses. Pretrial Services offers programs such as Bringing Peace to Relationships, Batterers Intervention Program, Anger Management, Parenting, and 24:7 Dad.  In these programs, clients are allowed to share personal experiences of their own, listen to group members, and follow an evidence-based curriculum aimed at improving the well-being of the entire family and community. 

Each program has unique curricula that offer knowledge, skills, and cognitive behavior themes.  The Bringing Peace to Relationships and Batterers Intervention Program are domestic violence programs. Both programs focus on abusive relationships in the family and the power and control that one person can exert. The Anger Management Program allows one to identify their anger and how to cope with anger.  The Parenting Program gives direct guidelines on parenting skills and family values.  In addition to parenting, the 24:7 Dad program offers principles of parenting, directly to the father. 

Pretrial Services’ Programs Unit is designed to help bring balance to one’s self, others and the community by fostering a positive family. For more information, contact 901-222-4000 or visit

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Oct 29

Project Homeless Connect

Posted to Community Services News on October 29, 2019 at 11:10 AM by Janet Lo

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Providing Help to Homeless

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Behavioral Health Unit and Pretrial Services volunteered to serve hundreds of individuals in the community who were homeless at Project Homeless Connect.  Project Homeless Connect is an annual event held at The Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane and hosted by the Community Alliance for the Homeless. This was a collaboration with service providers and volunteers from various agencies in Shelby County who came together to assist with improving the lives of those who are homeless. 

2019-10 oji pret homeless connect.jpgAll in attendance were able to access assistance with medical, dental, social security benefits, housing, legal services and other community resources. “It was rewarding to impact the lives of those in attendance so they could benefit from the resources provided by the community connection." -- Tiffany Hilson, Deputy Administrator of the Behavioral Health Unit. 

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Oct 29

Pretrial and Re-Entry Partner and Get Focused

Posted to Community Services News on October 29, 2019 at 11:09 AM by Janet Lo

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Get Focused

Formerly incarcerated individuals, like all people, need stable jobs to support themselves, their loved ones, and to strengthen communities. But these individuals are unemployed at a rate of over 27%. Research shows they want to work but face structural barriers to securing employment. 

Fortunately, Shelby County Government has an initiative to help decrease this number. FOCUSED is a 14-16 week training program provided by the Shelby County Office of Reentry to assist those with a criminal background transition smoothly into the workforce. The Office of Justice Initiatives' Pretrial office is partnering to ensure a number of spots for their clients so they can be prepared to earn livable wages. 

Vocational programs provided include:

  • Commercial /Residential Janitorial Certification
  • Commercial / Residential Construction
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Low Voltage Electrician Apprenticeship
  • Forklift Training 
  • Commercial Drivers License
  • Welding
  • Machinery
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Mechanic

For more information on how you can help someone with a criminal history, call 901-222-4550 or email them at, or call the Office of Justice Initiatives at 901-222-4000.

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