National Exhoodus Council,Prisoner Rentry/Gang Prevention
Richard Garland, MSW 
Center for Health Equity 
Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences  

Mr. Garland is a former gang member from the city of Philadelphia, due to his involvement in gangs Drugs and Alcohol he has spent over 23 and a half years in the criminal justice system. During his last incarceration he received his G.E.D. and took college courses from the University of Pittsburgh. When released to Allegheny County he continued his education by receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. He started work in a Drug and Alcohol agency, where he was recruited to be a Prevention Interventionist specialist, to teach drug and alcohol awareness, but all the youth he worked with were gang related. He is one of the most sought after experts in Pittsburgh to work with gang affiliated youth and adults. In 1996 he graduated again from the University of Pittsburgh with his MSW with a concentration on Community Organization. He has held several different positions that all contributed to his organizing several gang truces here in Allegheny County. He has been one of the persons in Allegheny County that is sought to do interventions with troubled youth and adults. 
 
I devote most of my time to working with troubled youth, especially those involved in gangs and violence. I frequently work with police departments through-out the state of Pennsylvania, and I provide trainings to Police Departments and Community based organizations. I head the Center’s Violence Prevention Project. As part of these efforts, I oversee training, data collection and outreach efforts aimed at reducing crime and violence. We will soon be starting our Hospital Based Intervention Project, where we will see gun-shot wound victims that come through the four major trauma units. In an effort to stop recidivism, and provide case management services to change the lifestyle the GSW was involved in. I have also received several awards, including the Lucien E. Blackwell award from Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter, for contributions to the greater community in 2009, and the Courage to Comeback Award from the St. Francis Foundation on Overcoming Economic Diversity in 1998