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Coming Home: ReEntry Programs at the 2024 Tom Tom Festival

The theme for the 12th Annual Tom Tom Festival is TOGETHER, and it’s all about our community’s interconnection and shared future. This theme could not be more appropriate considering one of the major topics of the Festival this year, creating a dignified and supportive “welcome” for those re-entering society from jail and prison. 

On Wednesday April 17 and Thursday April 18, the 12th Annual Tom Tom Festival will present two days of ReEntry themed programs that assemble the regional stakeholders who are helping individuals re-enter society from prisons and jails, as well as raise empathy and public awareness for the barriers encountered when re-entering society. These programs is created with the UVA Law Decarceration and Community ReEntry Clinic, the Fountain Fund, Equal Justice USA, Second Chancer Foundation, Home2Hope, Uhuru Foundation, and OAR will be an impactful day of connection, empathy, and resource sharing. 

If you are actively involved in the work of ReEntry, or a member of the public interested, please read below about how to be join these impactful programs.

Special thanks to fiscal sponsors: UVA Law Decarceration and Community Reentry Clinic, an Anonymous Gift, Chris Little & Tori Goodloe, The Paramount Theater, and Vault Virginia.

ReEntry Summit

Vault Virginia (9:30am - 11:30am)

A connection event for those working in the Criminal Justice Reform and re-entry space, for all those working to create a dignified, supportive "welcome" to returning citizens. Each individual or group will have a chance to share their work and what resources they need to better serve our city, and thus catalyze an ecosystem map that better supports regional efforts. Presented with the Fountain Fund & Equal Justice USA 

ReEntry Simulation

Carver Recreation (1pm - 3pm)

An interactive experience for the public that showcases the challenges one encounters when exiting prison, often when barred from housing, transportation, banking, and other financial services. Presented with UVA Law Decarceration and Community ReEntry Clinic, the BUCK Squad, the Fountain Fund, Second Chancer Foundation, Home2Hope, Uhuru Foundation, and OAR

Film Screening: A Bridge to Life 

The Paramount Theater (7pm - 9pm)

From celebrated director Chris Farina comes a documentary about the power of overcoming hardship, and remaining resilient. A Bridge to Life is a portrait of the ministry of William Washington, who works to change the lives of men dealing with life-threatening addiction issues, providing intensive job-training skills along with psychological and spiritual mentoring to give them a chance to return to society as successful community and family members. 

Responding to Harm: Reflective Jail Tour and Intro to Restorative Justice - Wed 4/17

Presented with Central Virginia Community Justice and Equal Justice USA

If you have never been in your local jail, now is the time. This tour, led by Col Martin Kumer, superintendent of the jail, will offer a glimpse at conditions in the jail. Following the tour, Central Virginia Community Justice will facilitate a reflection on the experience, and an introduction to restorative justice as an alternative to incarceration. Jail Tours Require Direct RSVP.



Questions? Please contact or any of the hosts listed below for more information.

Paul Beyer, Tom Tom Foundation,

Derek Rush, Uhuru Foundation, 

Gary Spry, OAR,

Herb Dickerson, BUCK Squad,

Jamey Rush,

Jesse Crosson, Second Chancer Foundation,

Kelly Orians, UVA Law,

Bryan Page, BUCK Squad,

Rob Gray, Uhuru Foundation,

Sam Heath, Equal Justice USA,

Stacey Washington, Home2Hope, 

Martize Tolbert, the Fountain Fund,

William Washington, The Bridge Ministry

Jay James, The Bridge Ministry


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