On February 22, 2016, RI Consulting’s Vicki Rainey presented at the Forum on Prison Reform, a collaborative event hosted by the Valley Interfaith Project, an organization whose focus is on developing transitional programs to reduce recidivism and provide support for those who are returning to society after incarceration.
Vicki shared her personal experiences with reentry and recovery in front of a full auditorium of multi-denominational church groups from around Maricopa County, coming together to support prison reform. The keynote speaker was Charles Ryan, Director of Prisons in Arizona; topics of discussion centered on ways to reduce recidivism rates in Arizona prisons.
According to the Valley Interfaith Project, Arizona has the sixth highest number of people in prison in the U.S – since 1992, the population in AZ prisons has increased by 171% while the state population only grew 75%.
Vicki noted one of the prominent themes of the evening was emphasizing the great significance support means to a person who experiences mental health challenges, and who is reentering society from incarceration.
Vicki has made significant contributions to the fields of forensic reentry and prison reform. In 2012 she was awarded the “Person of the Year” award from Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), and has given several presentations addressing the recidivism rate in Arizona, notably addressing an assembly at the Federal Prison in Arizona in 2013. She has also been invited to continue partnering with the Valley Interfaith Project on their future prison reform initiatives.
To read Vicki’s bio, click here.