Answer: Dealing with re-entry is badly needed in the United States. The United States has the most incarcerated people in the world. Sadly, recidivism (people going back to prison) is between 41% to 64%. If we can lower the recidivism rate we can lower the prison populations and save billions of dollars and thousands of lives.
The key with re-entry is not only the essentials like housing and jobs. In fact, they are not even the most important things a newly released ex-offender has to deal with.
Being institutionalized is a fact ALL ex-offenders who get out of prison have to deal with. It takes three weeks to make a habit and six months to break that habit. Imagine a person who does the same thing for years and years in a structured environment and then is thrown into a different environment. It is the most nerve racking experience a person will ever face. From elation to depression.
Emotions, free world communication skills, bitterness, and trust are just some of the things a newly released ex-offender has to deal with. The ex-offenders family has to be taught what is going through the mind of an ex-offender. They might think they know, but in reality, they don’t.
People just don’t know what that person went through. To name a few. From being abused, witnessing abuses, not trusting anyone, minor habits such as bumping into someone and not saying you are sorry are small to a free world individual, but might make an ex-offender go off the deep end.
This subject is dear to my heart and something we at Lawton911 take very seriously. Lawton911 is in the process of making a re-entry program DVD and training manual for state and federal probation officers. The program DVD will encompass all aspects of re-entry.
A program DVD for families, faith based organizations, and other entities with the ultimate goal of successfully reintegrating a person into society will be part of the total re-entry program Lawton911 is working on.
The short answer to your question and the best one word answer I can give you is, PATIENCE.
God Bless and never give up on your loved one. People do change, I did.
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