Reentry Programs
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Reentry Programs

pathwayInmate Educational Pathway is defined as the chosen route, taken by a learner through a range of classes and activities, which allows them to build knowledge progressively. It can be likened to an “educational journey” through classes and content, and eventually reaching their goal or Career Path. All inmates in the Program block will be assigned a Pathway Counselor, advising their inmates throughout the Pathway process, from intake, to class assignments, to graduation and finally release back to the community. Need more information? Call 664-4191.

Inmate Educational Pathway Programs Offered (please note: this is subject to change):


Instructional Phase 1

  • Adult Basic Literacy (led by NSO GED teacher and Humanities Behind Bars volunteers)
  • GED (taught by Norfolk Public Schools special education instructors)
  • Humanities Behind Bars (5 classes offered ranging from The Politics of US History to 20th Century African American Music); taught by local professors and educational volunteers
  • Seven Cities Writers Project (creative writing class taught by local educator)
  • Other Educational Class Instructions


Instructional Phase 2 “Evidence Based”

  • Alcohol / Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Violence
  • Balancing Your Life
  • Before and After
  • Choices
  • Fatherhood
  • Motherhood
  • Renewal
  • Thinking for Change
  • Other classes to address Risk Factors


Instructional Phase 3

  • Barber Training
  • Cosmetology Training
  • Food Handlers (3 years) or Serve Safe (5 years)
  • Fork Lift Certificate / OSHA (3 days x 5Hrs)
  • Landscape Design Course (8 Weeks)
  • Money/Financial Management
  • Religious Studies
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Small Business Operations
  • Other Vocational Classes as approved


Community Partners Identified Phase 4 (Released to Community)

  • Church Groups
  • Non- Profit Org.
  • Others

Get In Touch


  • 811 E. City Hall Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23510

  • (757) 664-4700

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