OAR Nova

OAR Nova OAR NOVA is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. OAR NOVA offers a wide range of services including those for first-time offenders, those in jail, and those released from incarceration.
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Family members are also offered help through our programs. The following is a brief summary of what we offer: * Alternative sentencing * Emergency assistance * Impact of Crime classes * Job-readiness skills and tools * Shoplifting Prevention Program * Skills Development * Violence Intervention Each year over 100 OAR volunteers serve our community. These dedicated and highly trained citizens help to implement and sustain OAR programs. Volunteers teach, provide one-to-one mentoring, counsel family members in crisis, assist with client services in the main office and help guide OAR's mission as members of the Board of Directors. As representatives of the community they are vocal advocates for OAR's mission. For more information about volunteering, please send an email to: [email protected] or call (703) 246-3033.

Mission: The mission of Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources (OAR) NOVA. is to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for offenders and their families to create a safer community.

Operating as usual

"Deed’s bill would allow expungement of records for cases such as misdemeanor marijuana possession, underage alcohol or ...
09/04/2020
Virginia House, Senate committees advance bills for expungement of criminal records

"Deed’s bill would allow expungement of records for cases such as misdemeanor marijuana possession, underage alcohol or tobacco possession, and using a fake ID to buy alcohol. The bill allows for expungement five years after a conviction and once court fines have been paid. The bill excludes violent felonies and drug-related offenses such as marijuana possession over an ounce, distribution of drugs to a person under 18, and the manufacturing, possession or distribution of controlled substances like heroin and methamphetamine."

Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate committees have advanced legislation that would remove certain criminal records in a criminal justice reform effort that allows people to petition for expungement

"CESF grants will support the purchase of video technology to conduct remote hearings, laptops to enable more employees ...
09/03/2020
Governor Northam Announces More Than $6 Million to Support State and Local Criminal Justice Programs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

"CESF grants will support the purchase of video technology to conduct remote hearings, laptops to enable more employees to telework, as well as additional support for community supervision as more individuals are being diverted away from incarceration."

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/august/headline-860184-en.html?fbclid=IwAR1UgZcPPwMr6dLPqCHF_-PWIbCn9YG-OaCBxaNyP8A3cG8YcqrOlv56QUU

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

Looking for a new podcast? "Ear Hustle" features stories and experiences from the residents of San Quentin Prison as wel...
09/01/2020
Ear Hustle

Looking for a new podcast? "Ear Hustle" features stories and experiences from the residents of San Quentin Prison as well as their stories once they return to their community. This year, "Ear Hustle" became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting. You can subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts.
https://www.earhustlesq.com/

Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison, shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.

On Friday, the Virginia Senate passed a number of bills related to criminal justice reform in the state. "The bill [sic]...
08/31/2020
Virginia Senate passes voter access and criminal justice reform bills | The Henrico Citizen

On Friday, the Virginia Senate passed a number of bills related to criminal justice reform in the state.

"The bill [sic] provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully search or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana, and no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible in any trial, hearing, or another proceeding.

'This passed so quietly, but make no mistake. This is a serious step forward for racial justice in Virginia,” said Andy Elders, a public defender and board member at Justice Forward Virginia. “Black drivers deserve to be left alone, not treated as targets of suspicion.'"

The Virginia Senate convened at 10 a.m. on Friday morning to take up a slate of bills that have already passed through committees and passed several criminal justice reform and voter access bills. Wit

Since the deinstitutionalization movement of the 1960s and 1970s, jails and prisons have become the largest mental healt...
08/26/2020
NAMIWalks

Since the deinstitutionalization movement of the 1960s and 1970s, jails and prisons have become the largest mental health institutions in the US. Understanding this connection to our work and mission of providing the best available resources to our community, OAR has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their National Day of Hope set for October 10th. Consider donating to this great cause and learn more below! #MentalHealthForAll

I'm supporting NAMI!

08/24/2020
John Pfaff on Rethinking the Causes of Mass Incarceration

There are many things that contribute to the mass incarceration crisis in our society, as well as countless costs. In an interview with The Vera Institute, author John Pfaff, discusses a few of them and ways we can address this epidemic.
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OAR has been adding informative videos like this to our YouTube channel. You will also find there resources for our clients, employees, and supporters, so check out our page today!

Since 2010, the number of people locked up in U.S. prisons has fallen by nearly 100,000. Although a welcome change after decades of sustained and unceasing g...

We are so grateful for our community business partners who use their resources to help put OAR clients in a better posit...
08/20/2020
Maverick Bikes Partners with OAR to Support Released Inmates - Loudoun Now

We are so grateful for our community business partners who use their resources to help put OAR clients in a better position to succeed. When we all work together with what we have, our community thrives!

Can your business help our clients? If so, reach out to us today at [email protected].

https://loudounnow.com/2020/08/19/maverick-bikes-partners-with-oar-to-support-released-inmates/

Maverick Bikes & Café has joined Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources or OAR, a charity dedicated to helping recently released correctional

From the article: "The dissenting opinion noted that the 3,000-inmate jail system had recently reported 15 new cases in ...
08/19/2020
U.S. Supreme Court blocks judge’s order that OC jail must take better care of inmates exposed to coronavirus

From the article:
"The dissenting opinion noted that the 3,000-inmate jail system had recently reported 15 new cases in a single week.

Said Sotomayor and Ginsberg: “The District Court found that, despite knowing the severe threat posed by COVID–19 and contrary to its own apparent policies, the Jail exposed its inmates to significant risks from a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Yet this Court now intervenes, leaving to its own devices a jail that has misrepresented its actions to the District Court and failed to safeguard the health of the inmates in its care.”

The court majority did not explain its ruling."

The high court blocks a lower court order forcing Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes to take better care of inmates in the coronavirus pandemic, but two justices say the action rewards “bad beh…

Edit: Please see an update to this article in the comments. Jails have issued a variety of responses to handling COVID-1...
08/18/2020
The ICE Facility Where Almost Every Detainee Has Coronavirus

Edit: Please see an update to this article in the comments.

Jails have issued a variety of responses to handling COVID-19, even across individual states. For example, Prince William, Loudoun, and Fairfax counties all took a variation of precautions which sometimes included but were not limited to reducing jail populations via early release or placing individuals in alternative sentencing programs or community corrections. The rates of infection have been low in these facilities. Other facilities who have not taken these steps have found themselves and their residents in much graver circumstances.

The dark history of the Farmville, Virginia, detention center, run by Immigration Centers of America, a company with a long history of abuse—and political spending

OAR is excited about our partnership with Maverick Bicycles & Cafe in Leesburg. We recently picked up the first three bi...
08/17/2020

OAR is excited about our partnership with Maverick Bicycles & Cafe in Leesburg. We recently picked up the first three bikes they donated for our clients. We sincerely appreciate their support and can't wait to get these bikes into the hands of those who need them!

Do you have a loved one that is currently incarcerated or has been recently released? Working through your own feelings ...
08/13/2020

Do you have a loved one that is currently incarcerated or has been recently released? Working through your own feelings and understanding how to support them through this time can be very challenging. OAR's Family Support Group is here to help.

Check out our website for details. Our meetings have recently gone virtual!
https://www.oarnova.org/family-support

Looking to affect change in the criminal justice system in Virginia? Check out our most recent advocacy alert! This is a...
08/12/2020

Looking to affect change in the criminal justice system in Virginia? Check out our most recent advocacy alert! This is a time-sensitive action, so learn more here and reach out to your representatives no later than Monday, August 17th!

https://www.oarnova.org/reentry-support

If you had the power to set criminal justice policy how would you balance public safety interests with the need for huma...
08/11/2020
Released prisoner accused of raping, killing Virginia woman has died

If you had the power to set criminal justice policy how would you balance public safety interests with the need for humane and safe incarceration policy? These two stories demonstrate how difficult that can be.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article244718922.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2020/08/08/released-prisoner-accused-raping-killing-virginia-woman-has-died/

Ibrahim Bouaichi was arrested in October for sexual assault, then released on bond in April amid covid-19 concerns. He is charged with murdering the assault victim.

Does the criminal justice system have the authority to stop people from attending demonstrations and protests as a condi...
07/29/2020
“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights

Does the criminal justice system have the authority to stop people from attending demonstrations and protests as a condition of release from incarceration?
https://www.propublica.org/article/defendant-shall-not-attend-protests-in-portland-getting-out-of-jail-requires-relinquishing-constitutional-rights

A dozen protesters facing federal charges are barred from going to “public gatherings” as a condition of release from jail — a tactic one expert described as “sort of hilariously unconstitutional.”

07/24/2020
Public View

Looking to learn about and advocate for criminal justice reform in Virginia? Today, July 24th, the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee will be holding a hearing to receive information from several presentations on: diversion programs, current juvenile justice and reform in Virginia, and reentry programs.
The meeting will be broadcast live and the recording will be posted later on the Virginia General Assembly Website:
virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3
Public Comment can be sent via email to: [email protected]

When the Senate is not in session, there is no video broadcast. To enable the most effective streaming experience for all browsersand operating systems, the video stream is delivered using both the Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash Player plugins.

Please call or email your Virginia Legislators now and make sure your voice is heard before the Special Session in Augus...
07/23/2020

Please call or email your Virginia Legislators now and make sure your voice is heard before the Special Session in August on Police Reforms. Lean more at: https://www.oarnova.org/advocacy-alert-720

Brandon Cosby from OAR was invited to join the Woodbridge Rotary Club for a Zoom meeting.  We discussed the unique needs...
07/23/2020

Brandon Cosby from OAR was invited to join the Woodbridge Rotary Club for a Zoom meeting. We discussed the unique needs of those involved with the justice system and how OAR works to meet those needs. OAR appreciates the invitation and the interest in our mission by the Rotarians!

Mr. Monroe was enrolled in OAR classes at the Prince William Adult Detention Center. He actively participated in and com...
07/21/2020

Mr. Monroe was enrolled in OAR classes at the Prince William Adult Detention Center. He actively participated in and completed OAR’s Money Smart 1 & 2, Anger Management, Impact of Crime,
Life Skills, and Employability Skills, classes.
Once released, Mr. Monroe began OAR case management to assist him with housing, employment, and maintaining compliance with his probation officer.
Mr. Monroe has been able to set realistic goals and work through them. Since Mr. Monroe actively engaged in OAR’s case management program, he has been able to obtain employment and work through his monthly financial plans leading him to obtain housing, a driver’s license, and purchase his first car. Most recently, he enrolled in school and began pursuing his associate degree.
Soon after the pandemic began, Mr. Monroe was unfortunately displaced from his place of work. OAR was able to assist him with one month’s rent while he found other stable employment. Mr. Monroe has overcome numerous challenges and has established a successful, self-sufficient life after incarceration with many opportunities ahead!

Due to our operating circumstances under COVID-19, OAR is not currently accepting donations of clothes, snacks, or hygie...
07/15/2020
Donate

Due to our operating circumstances under COVID-19, OAR is not currently accepting donations of clothes, snacks, or hygiene products. In the meantime, please consider making a financial donation to support our work. We will post updates to this situation as operating procedures evolve.

If you prefer, you may also mail your donation to OAR.  Checks may be sent to the following address, payable to OAR of Fairfax County.    

06/18/2020

All OAR offices will be closed on Friday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. You may contact OAR at [email protected].

06/17/2020

A big shout out to the Wells Fargo Foundation for their very generous donation to OAR! We appreciate the commitment from #WellsFargo to support OAR’s mission of rebuilding lives and the community with opportunities, alternatives, and resources.

Please review the letter from OAR Board Chair Evan Vahouny and OAR Executive Director Derwin Overton.  The letter offers...
06/05/2020

Please review the letter from OAR Board Chair Evan Vahouny and OAR Executive Director Derwin Overton. The letter offers concrete action steps we can take to help address the needs of our community and demonstrates that we are stronger together! More information can be found at www.oarnova.org.

A virus outbreak has been reported inside the Prince William jail.  OAR staff are no longer able to provide programs ins...
05/15/2020
At least 2 infected with COVID-19 at the Prince William jail

A virus outbreak has been reported inside the Prince William jail. OAR staff are no longer able to provide programs inside the facility. OAR will continue to coordinate services for those being released to the community.

https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/at-least-2-infected-with-covid-19-at-the-prince-william-jail/article_3bf045b4-96b6-11ea-9f22-0bfeb7fb8ebd.html?fbclid=IwAR0mSBiyMl2rd4WfjD8WZo9R4pyRYfWf1ThUKHn-RI3pRVa-9X8ySHxXqEA

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center, where there are at least two confirmed cases of the disease, according to a City of

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OAR will not to gather with our supporters in May for the Jazz & Wine Fundraiser.  We a...
04/23/2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, OAR will not to gather with our supporters in May for the Jazz & Wine Fundraiser. We are planning to move the event to the Fall. New registration information will be available this Summer!

There have been many reports from around the Country about the risk of the Coronavirus inside local jails.  Many jails, ...
04/13/2020
Fairfax County considers early release of jail inmates during pandemic | WTOP

There have been many reports from around the Country about the risk of the Coronavirus inside local jails. Many jails, including several in our area, are identifying candidates for early release. This can mean a greater need for OAR services as a larger number of individuals will be returning to the community.

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2020/04/fairfax-county-considers-early-release-of-jail-inmates-during-pandemic/

Fairfax County, Virginia, Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano wants to reduce the number of people in the jail during the coronavirus pandemic.

A message from Executive Director Derwin Overton regarding OAR's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
04/13/2020

A message from Executive Director Derwin Overton regarding OAR's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Capital Area Food bank has created a user friendly interactive map to help community members find food resources in ...
03/31/2020
CAFB COVID-19 Response Updates - Capital Area Food Bank

The Capital Area Food bank has created a user friendly interactive map to help community members find food resources in our area: Learn more:
https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response

To account for site closures and social distancing needs related to COVID-19, we will begin to modify and consolidate our services, offering food in different formats and locations beginning this week. We will continue our operations until or unless we receive guidance from our local or national gov...

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General information

OAR NOVA is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Our history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action. Its origins can be traced to a 1968 prison strike at the State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia. In response, several local churches convened a conference on Churches and the Correctional System. Following that effort, Jay Worrall, Jr. founded the OAR movement, which at the time stood for Offender Aid and Restoration. It was his vision of citizen visitors helping jail inmates that formed the original premise for the creation of OAR organizations around the country. In September 1970, Offender Aid and Restoration of Virginia received its articles of incorporation. In 1971, the Fairfax OAR was established, and in 1973, Worrall opened the national office. At the height of the movement there were 22 local agencies in 10 states. Today there remain eight local OAR affiliates, four of which are in Virginia, who have emerged as viable non-profit organizations with expanded missions and service delivery areas. In 1998, OAR NOVA voted to change its name from Offender Aid and Restoration to do business as “Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources” in order to better reflect the organization’s mission and goals.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(703) 246-3033

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