Reentry Programs Make ‘Second Chances’ Real

Mar 25, 2022

On March 31, 2021, President Biden proclaimed April as Second Chance Month. “By focusing on prevention, reentry, and social support, rather than incarceration, we can ensure that America is a land of second chances and opportunity for all people,” said the President.

PCLC is highlighting Second Chance Month to share the message with the Perry County community that the community plays an important role in supporting safe and successful reentry for our neighbors who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism

After incarceration, transitioning back into society as a productive community member can be difficult. There are many barriers to successful reentry, including negative perceptions from family & community, lack of education and skills, difficulty in obtaining steady work, housing, and more.

According to a report from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the strongest predictor for recidivism is poverty.

Reentry programs are designed to provide individuals with the resources and education they need to find employment, access stable housing, support their families, and actively contribute to society. Community-based reentry programs across the U.S. have been shown to reduce the likelihood that an individual will commit a crime and return to prison.

Creating a New Path Through PCLC

In Perry County, PA, help is available in many forms for motivated individuals to do better for themselves and their families. We are proud of our 30-year record of service to the community, and we are dedicated to our long-term goal of assisting residents who seek our aid to achieve their goals and move from dependency to self-sufficiency.

Our approach to supporting an individual’s self-sufficiency has evolved through the years. We have developed partnerships and resources that support a variety of needs. Services from 16 different providers are accessible through our PCLC office in Newport, PA.

Services and Resources Include:

  • Adult Education (including Community Reentry Program)

  • Literacy Services

  • Employment and Training

  • PA CareerLink Support

  • ID Services

  • Health Insurance Assistance

  • Housing Services

  • Domestic Violence Services

  • Addiction Services

  • Transportation

  • Childcare

  • Financial and Health Literacy

  • Cash Assistance Program

  • Social Work Services

Learn About PCLC

If you know someone in Perry County who is struggling, reach out to us. If we can’t help directly, we can direct you to the right resource.

If you’d like to learn more about the work we do or join us as a volunteer, donor, or supporter, we welcome your questions!  Contact us at 717.567.7323 or

About PCLC

The Perry County Literacy Council is dedicated to delivering the programs and services that impact Perry County, providing a One Stop site in Newport where Adult Education and CareerLink® partners are accessible at a single point of contact.

Tell Us Your Story

We believe that all Perry Countians should have access to services, education and credentials that will support self-sustaining wages. If you are currently facing challenges, please reach out to us. If we can’t help directly, we can direct you to the right resource.

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