Recently, two of our attorneys, Bradley Smith and Brooke Elmi, were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation for working on pro bono custody matters for two participants of Pennsylvania’s Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) program. The STAR program is a federal Reentry Court program for Philadelphia residents on supervised release with the goal of reducing recidivism and assist returning citizens in confronting the various logistical, family, and social issues and barriers to re-integration when returning from custody.
The event took place on September 21st. It honored the program’s most recent graduates, as well as acknowledging community partners like Brad and Brooke who aided graduates with their advancement. As part of the program, up to 20 participants appear as a group before a federal magistrate judge to report on their progress. Participants are also intensively supervised by the U.S. Probation Office to assist with education, training, employment, and other needs and to impose graduated sanctions when necessary. Only after participants successfully complete 52 weeks are they eligible for a reduction of their supervised release period up to one year.
The Reentry Program also assists participants to connect them with necessary services, including legal representation for various matters.
Please join us in congratulating Bradley Smith and Brooke Elmi for their meaningful contributions towards reducing recidivism and providing legal counsel to members of the STAR program.
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