Remerg.com launched in November 2016, and is available for free to anyone coming out of incarceration, living in a halfway house, on probation, or on parole. We believe family members and friends may also find the website helpful. Our goal is to help more people reconnect to their communities and succeed upon release, thus reducing recidivism to jail and prison in Colorado.
At this point in time, roughly half of the people released from incarceration fail to succeed in the community and return to prison or jail. The social and monetary costs from recidivism are unsustainable.
Remerg is a nonprofit in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to reduce recidivism by providing current re-entry information to people involved in Colorado’s criminal justice systems. Start-up costs were funded by a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant.
Who We Are
Carol Peeples is the founder and executive director. She was the project manager and primary author of the first two editions of Getting On After Getting Out: A Reentry Guide for Colorado, and the founder of Colorado Voting Project and Can I Vote?, a statewide educational campaign on voting and disenfranchisement.
IT Director Steve Mursuli was a successful small business owner and website developer/coder before he was incarcerated in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He was released in early 2015, is currently on parole, and considers remerg.com a way to help the people he was incarcerated with, as well as a way to give back to the community.
We are incredibly appreciative of the many people who helped with content research and development, as well as the friends of the project, whose support, advice, and encouragement have meant everything.
Remerg.com Board of Advisors
We are especially thankful to our Board of Advisors for their professional guidance and moral support.
Kenneth Plotz (President) currently serves as a senior district court judge in Colorado and as a mediator in private practice. Previously he has been a private practice attorney, a public defender with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, a district court and chief judge in the Eleventh Judicial District in Colorado, and as a consultant for the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Margot Rodriguez (Secretary/Treasurer) is the director of development for the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), an education, non-profit organization, where she leads the vision and strategic direction for the development and fundraising programs. She also served as the development director for McREL International, an education research organization, and an academic policy officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
James Schultz retired as division vice-president of Performance Development for Walgreens Corporation and now specializes in human capital strategy development. He was President of the Illinois Occupational Skills Standards and Credentialing Committee and teaches graduate courses for the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois.
Marcus Weaver is a vocational specialist with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless where he helps marginalized people obtain employment. A mayoral appointee on the Workforce Investment Board, Marcus is influential providing oversight and guidance on workforce investment initiatives centered on marginalized populations in Denver. Marcus is a national speaker/author, local volunteer, and a passionate community leader serving on several community boards that work to move people to self sufficiency. When he was younger, Marcus was incarcerated in jail and prison for a nonviolent crime.
Reverend Tina Yankee was executive director of Turnabout for fourteen years, a faith-based nonprofit that annually assisted thousands of people leaving incarceration with preparing for and finding employment. Rev. Yankee currently serves as the Director of Programs and Development for the Colorado Council of Churches and chairs the Criminal Justice Task Force. Additionally, since 1999 Tina provides religious services at Denver County Jail and other religious leadership. Her favorite saint is St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes.