The Institute for Excellence in Justice, hosted the "Faith-Based Programming, Reentry and Recidivism Symposium" at the Ohio Institute on Correctional Best Practices on February 9, 2007. Seeking to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between research, the faith community and corrections, over 240 participants attended a variety of sessions focused on research addressing the impact of faith-based programming or reentry and recidivism; what is being done in Ohio; government funding sources and opportunities; and, the legal issues surrounding church-state collaborations. Additionally, over 30 faith and community organizations set up resource tables and provided a wealth of information on their programs and services. Speakers included Director Collins, Representative John White, Dr. Byron Johnson from Baylor University, Chris Money from the Department of Youth Services, Debbie Roeger from Opening Doors, Shannon Teague from the Department of Youth Services, Ed Rhine, Gary Sims, Steve McFarland from the U.S. Department of Justice, Greg Trout, Austin Stout, Joe Mancini from the Attorney General's Office, and Dr. Townsand Price-Spratlen, Dr. David Goldberg and Dr. Doug Berman, all from the Ohio State University.

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