Tuesday, March 21, 2023

VPRJ graduates second WAITT class

The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail graduated its second WAITT class. (WYDaily/Courtesy VPRJ)
The Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail graduated its second WAITT class. (WYDaily/Courtesy VPRJ)

Williamsburg, Virginia – Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail held its second We Are In This Together (WAITT) program graduation this afternoon, honoring eight women who were new to the program and three who had graduated previously in May with the first class. The graduation ceremony was attended by former Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, who served as the keynote speaker for the event. At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates were able to visit and eat lunch with friends and family to celebrate their achievement. 

“We’re very proud of the women and what they have achieved today,” said Superintendent Tony Pham. “These ladies have gone through three very intense months of recovery and rehabilitation classes focusing on managing trauma, preparing for re-entry into the community, anger management, and dealing with the underlying causes of the addictions they suffer. While they still have a long road to follow on their recovery journey, their feet are set upon the path, and that is a truly wonderful thing.” 

Also attending the graduation was Angela Lynch, whose release date was today. Ms. Lynch received her graduation certificate as part of WAITT Class 19-2. After the graduation, Ms. Lynch will travel to Richmond, Virginia where she will reside in a home operated by REAL LIFE, a non-profit recovery and rehabilitation organization which strives to assist inmates in their re-entry after incarceration. 

The next class of the WAITT program, 19-3, is slated to begin Monday, September 16th

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Alexa Doiron
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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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