What We Do
- On behalf of the Mayor, MORCA serves as the District of Columbia’s coordinating and advisory agency for reentry.
- MORCA seeks to remove barriers to reentry and empowers residents to break the cycle of recidivism.
- Through MORCA case management program MORCA ensures that previously incarcerated people are connected to essential programs and services in areas such as employment, health, education, housing assistance, and social services.
Meet the Director
Director Lamont Carey, a native Washington has been involved in various facets of reentry for the past 17 years. He has worked with legislators, nonprofits, philanthropists and other groups that focus on policy, prevention and successful reentry. He has used his personal experiences with the criminal justice system to fuel his passion to help others recognize and overcome barriers to increase the opportunity for success.
The Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens Affairs (MORCA) opened its doors in 2007 as the first legislatively-mandated office in the country specifically serving formerly incarcerated individuals. MORCA serves as the principal contact point for returning citizens by removing barriers to reentry, and empowering residents to connect to services for employment, health, education, housing assistance, and family needs. Over the years, MORCA has grown to provide case management services, family unification engagements, prison outreach, and critical vital records assistance.