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Coronado Roundtable To Host Tom Morelli Oct. 25

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:49 pm | Updated: 2:57 pm, Wed Oct 23, 2019.

The Coronado Roundtable will have speaker Tom Morelli at their Friday, Oct.25 meeting in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library, 640 Orange Avenue. Morelli will speak on Prison Minsitry.

Morelli’s two passions are assisting those with developmental disabilities and those who are incarcerated. Upon moving to Coronado his passion, ministering to the incarcerated and his desire to see a reduction in recidivism of those he taught inside, gave birth to Down No More. This was made possible with the support of Civil authorities and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego in 2012.

AB109, the Public Safety Realignment Act, passed in 2011, changed the definition of a felony and shifted housing for lower level offenders from prisons to local jails and transferred supervision of parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to County Probation. This led to an increased need of support for those post-released.

The goal of Down No More is to establish a system that helps in Public Safety by providing accountability of those members who participate in the program. This is accomplished by the use of one-on-one mentoring and small groups to help offenders re-enter community life. Their goal is for each participant to have a mentor who will accept them for who they are and walk with them through the challenges of re-acclimating to freedom.

The Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office work in close coordination with Down No More and are proud of the significantly reduced recidivism rate of those men who have actively participated in this program.

One of the early graduate mentees has been so successful that the Sheriff’s Department has authorized him (an exception to the rule) to go back into the prison and mentor additional prisoners.

This interesting talk will begin at 10 a.m. Come early have a cup of coffee with your neighbors.

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