Georgia Division of Reentry Services 

The Georgia Division of Reentry services is part of the state’s Department of Community Supervision. This division’s mission is to improve public safety by reducing crime through the implementation of a seamless plan of services through supervision developed with each individual. Services are delivered through state and local collaboration from the time of entry to prison through successful transition, reintegration, and aftercare in the community.

Site Work

Wednesday 9 a.m. –1 p.m. 

Site work will include remote mentoring with program participants and some in-person work in the county offices and for special events.  Some in person work and some remote work with clients. Site can accommodate students who need fully virtual site hours, with permission of CEI Director. 

Students will be working with individuals as part of a new employment mentoring and coaching pilot program in the Georgia Department of Community Supervision’s (DCS) Reentry Services Division designed to support individuals transitioning from incarceration who are living in Clayton County, Georgia (on the south side of the Atlanta metro area.) This is an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the challenges facing individuals and families in the process of reentry. Students will work with individuals in a mentoring, coaching, care, and case support role. Most support with individual participants will be provided remotely (by phone or videoconferencing). Students will be involved in in-person work, as local municipal and public health regulations permit, at the county office and in planning and implementation of special events, such as workshops and job fairs. There may be opportunities for interested students to participate in reentry-related events beyond the Atlanta Metro area as the year progresses. 

Additional Requirements & Accessibility  

In addition to the criminal background check Candler requires of all admitted students, this site requires a criminal background check administered by the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Depending on the results of the background check, fingerprinting may also be required. 

Fall 2021 Reflection Group

Monday 4:00pm - 5:30pm. 

Spring 2022 Integrative Seminar

Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm. 

Please note that there may be additional changes to the spring schedule as plans for spring semester develop. For Spring CEI Integrative Seminars, you can expect a schedule similar to the corresponding fall CEI Reflection Groups, conditions allowing.

 

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in Georgia Division of Reentry Services will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501 CE in the fall semester, taught by Dr. Gregory Ellison (Wednesday 5:00pm - 7:00pm ONLINE).

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Kyle Lambelet will serve as the academic advisor for Georgia Division of Reentry Services students.

About the Site

The Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is responsible for the effective and efficient supervision of approximately 180,000 adults who have committed felonies as well as Class A and Class B designated youth. 

DCS employs evidence-based practices to hold individuals accountable and reduce the state's recidivism rate. The agency utilizes a holistic approach to supervision that involves all facets of the community which includes but is not limited to victims and their families, programs for individuals under supervision and their families, involvement in community activities and partnerships with other criminal justice agencies.   

Additional intensive community support is delivered through the agency’s reentry services division. This division’s mission is to improve public safety by reducing crime through the implementation of a seamless plan of services through supervision developed with each individual. Services are delivered through state and local collaboration from the time of entry to prison through successful transition, reintegration, and aftercare in the community.  

Our vision is that every person released from prison will have the tools and support needed to succeed in the community. 

Contact

Maressa Pendermon: revmpendermon@gmail.com

Valencia Miller: valencia.miller@dcs.ga.gov 

https://dcs.georgia.gov/reentry-services

 

Teaching Supervisor

Maressa is a hospice chaplain and pastor at United Fellowship of Christ Church, Greater Atlanta. She is also an activist, and is active in community organizations and advocacy around a number of issues. She is deeply engaged in social justice ministries and in addition to her work as a hospice chaplain, provides an enormous amount of chaplaincy and pastoral care in community and activist spaces, in both formal and informal ways. She has a background in law, community services and advocacy – all of which she brought with her to seminary. She is also a Candler alum!

Site Supervisor

Valencia Miller is Statewide Reentry Services Program Manager with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating and communicating the evolving design of Prison Reentry goals and objectives. She works closely with the Judicial Circuits, Chief Community Supervision Officers (CSO’s) and the Superior Court staff to assure the successful transition of Returning Citizens (formerly incarcerated) from the prison pipeline back into the community. 

Valencia has served for over 25 years with corporate and government agencies in executive leadership and program development. She currently serves on the Executive Board of SaveKids of Incarcerated Parents, a national organization whose mission is to provide educational programming and supportive services to at-risk children of incarcerated parents and their families. In this role she also works to increase public awareness of the underlying problems of these children as victims through education, advocacy, and research. Valencia is gifted with a genuinely strong passion for the welfare of underserved families and children. She holds a B.A. degree in Business Management from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Education from Central Michigan University.