Answer: Successful reentry saves lives, reduces crime, families are reunited, society saves money and actually makes money, and “It’s the right thing to do”.
Most states, the federal government and organizations aren’t tackling reentry in the best way possible. It is not that they don’t care or want to, they just don’t know how.
As a man who successfully reentered society and is developing a national reentry program, reentry is about understanding the actual needs of a newly released individual compared to the physical and material needs.
The evaluation of each person being released from confinement is the most important thing you can do. Every person being released has different needs, both psychological and material wise. Knowing what a person actually needs, sets the stage for a successful reintegration back into society.
Housing, addiction treatment, mental health, job skills, employment, medical needs are all important, but the psychological factor is the most important and most programs don’t address that in the right way.
I am in the process of helping a friend (Paul) who was incarcerated since 1989, (No murder, rape, or violent crime. He was a drug dealer) yes, you read that right. 1989 – A 30 year sentence, doing 25 straight years. (Fixing the broken sentencing system is another topic to be addressed at a later date.)
I explained to Paul what would happen psychologically when he leaves prison. Shock, jitters, confusion, elation. He will experience all that, and more, after a long incarceration. There is no getting around it, so it is how you handle it that matters.
Paul called me from the airport and Read More