Crime, Safety, Justice, and Reentry


Television, newspapers and the Internet constantly
remind us of the vast machinery devoted to enforcing
our criminal code, but they do not adequately explain
how it affects the people involved. Offender Aid and
Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls
Church is a community-based nonprofit organization
founded in 1974. Working closely with incarcerated and
recently released individuals, OAR offers them alternative
sentencing options through community service.
This class provides an introduction to the criminal justice
system, public safety and reentry to society. The guiding
principles, difficult decisions and trends in this system
will be addressed by police and justice officials.

Seven sessions (including two field trips) will cover the

1. Overview of the Criminal Justice System: Jails
vs. prisons; jail and prison population statistics;
pending legislation; the role of OAR.
2. The Role of the Police: The Chief of the Arlington
County Police Department.
3. Tour of the Arlington County Detention Facility:
Sheriff’s deputies will describe jail programs and
services. Class members make own arrangements.
4. The Role of the Prosecutor: The chief of the
Commonwealth Attorney’s Office of Arlington County.
5. How the Courts Work: A retired Arlington County
6. The Juvenile Justice System in Arlington: The
director of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations
Court in Arlington will explain how and why the law
is different for juveniles.
7. Tour of the OAR office: Learn about barriers to
reentry following incarceration, such as housing,
employment, social services, stigmas, education and
recidivism. Class members make own arrangements.

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