As part of the reentry efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it is important for us to partner with and support agencies and initiatives that provide services to released felons in order to promote successful reintegration into society, employment opportunities, and the ability to lead productive, law-abiding lives. One of those organizations in the Memphis community is Lifeline to Success, led by Executive Director DeAndre D. Brown, Sr. The U.S. Attorney’s Office partners with Lifeline to Success and Pastor Brown in several different reentry initiatives. For more information about the organization, please visit https://www.lifeline2success.org.
For the fourth year, Lifeline to Success is teaming up with Men’s Wearhouse to sponsor and promote a suit donation drive, in order to provide suits for persons who may be in need of appropriate attire for job interviews, reintegration into social settings, and other opportunities after release from custody.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants to encourage support for this program, and the attorneys and staff in our office are participating by donating several suits to the drive. We have also encouraged our partners in the Federal Reentry Council, made up of representatives from the Federal Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation Office, and U.S. Pre-trial Services Office to participate and donate to the suit drive.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: “The mission of the Department of Justice is to reduce crime by using all available strategies and resources. One of the best ways to reduce recidivism is to provide meaningful support and resources to offenders upon release so that they will have the best chance of successful reentry into the community. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee is committed to reentry programs that impact public safety in a positive way, and we hope that these suits will facilitate success for the reentrants.”
Today, we invited Pastor DeAndre Brown and his Lifeline to Success team members to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to collect the donated suits, to publicly highlight the program, and to challenge other professional offices across Memphis and Shelby County to support and donate to this worthy cause.