SPIRITstaff report

The Chester Prison Re-entry Collaborative is preparing to make history when it opens the first one-stop prison re-entry center in Delaware County to help people coming out of prison re-engage with the general population.
Located in the Crozer Building, 419 Avenue of the States, Suite 407, in Chester, city, state and county officials are expected to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Chester Re-Entry Resource Center of Delaware County on Tuesday, Oct. 11th.

The resource center is a result of a collaborative that began last year as the Mayor’s Prison Re-entry Task Force, according to Richard “Tut” Carter, the effort’s operations director and a driving force behind the effort.

“In the winter of 2010, the City of Chester was hard hit by rising violent crime, unemployment and staggering recidivism rates,” Carter said. As a result, Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. assembled a diversified group from local government, law enforcement, the faith-based and grassroots communities and prison/re-entry advocates to facilitate and organize a comprehensive plan to address ex-offenders as they integrate back into society after prison, as well as those at-risk groups and individuals likely to fail out of school and become juvenile delinquents.”

Carter said since its inception, the collaborative has…

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