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November 4, 2013

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 704-6682


From left to right: Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins, Pathway to Redemption’s Robert Lewis and State Representative Russell Holmes.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently spoke at an empowerment breakfast presented by Pathway to Redemption, Inc. at the Mattapan Public Library.

The breakfast, entitled “Returning Citizens In Transition,” was an active attempt to address recidivism and the community’s responsibility to engage in its reduction.

Pathway to Redemption, Inc. is an organization founded three years ago by organization President Robert Lewis on the premise that community engagement can profoundly affect the lives of former inmates reentering into society. In order to assist returning citizens with their transition back into society, Pathway to Redemption partners with faith communities, the business community, charitable foundations, mental health service providers and public safety leaders. The founding principle of Pathway to Redemption is that “the entire community must be engaged and prepared to positively impact prisoner reentry and reduce recidivism.”

In line with those principals, Sheriff Tompkins spoke about the importance of the community and family members in reducing the recidivism rate.

“Your support is crucial to their progress,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “If you have friends or family members in my facilities, please encourage them to take advantage of our programs while they are there. How they return home is even more important than how they got there in the first place. It’s essential that we all act as our brother’s keeper.”

For more information about Pathway to Redemption, Inc., please contact Robert Lewis at (857) 249-9049.


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