STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) was recently appointed to serve on the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC)’s Faith and Character-Based Advisory Board.
The board offers guidance on faith-based programming within the DOC, including a program called Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS). PLUS is a faith and character-based re-entry initiative designed to prevent recidivism. The program works with participants to strengthen their spiritual, moral and character development as well as life skills.
“It’s critical to establish successful re-entry programs that help former offenders become productive members of society instead of cycling in and out of prison,” said Tomes, who also serves on the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. “Reducing recidivism saves taxpayers’ money and promotes overall public safety. I look forward to having an active role on this board and bringing new knowledge and experience with me to the Statehouse.”
On Wednesday, June 25, Tomes joined fellow members of the board to tour and meet with officials at one of Indianapolis’ women’s prisons with an active PLUS program. Board members spoke with PLUS participants and held a roundtable discussion on the program’s successes.
The Faith and Character-Based Advisory Board consists of various local and state government officials along with representatives of multiple faith and community-based organizations from throughout the state.