Believers and Achievers

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Believers and Achievers is a Charlottesville support group for helping former inmates reenter society.

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The group was founded following the Charlottesville Albemarle Reentry Summit in 2011 and is open to both men and women. The group is noteworthy for its lack of a single leader, preferring instead to rely on a collaborative effort from all members. In addition to acting as a support group for former inmates and their families, the Believers & Achievers is also increasingly active in the community, such as speaking to the City Council to request the creation of a task force in order to address what is considered an inordinate number of African American inmates in prison.[1][2]


  1. Web. Local group for ex-inmates finding its voice, Samantha Koon, The Daily Progress, May 6, 2012, retrieved July 20, 2012.
  2. Web. UVa study: Racial disparities seen in juvenile justice locally, Samantha Koon, The Daily Progress, April 8, 2012, retrieved July 20, 2012.