There is such a negative connotation with being incarcerated in this country. It prevents many from being able to fully integrate into their communities; finding it difficult to obtain employment, housing and build relationships upon release.
Recidivism is the percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested for a similar offense. A study released in 2018 by the Bureau of Justice and Statistics concluded that in a nine-year study of recidivism for 401,288 state prisoners released in 2005 found that 83.4 percent were rearrested within nine years post release.
Project Redemption is a nationwide campaign, whose purpose is to remove the stigma associated with being incarcerated. Each month we will feature redemptive stories of returning citizens whom have successfully reintegrated within their communities. Our goal is to empower returning citizens and show the nation that people really can change. We will do this by shining a positive light on individuals that have been given a second chance and have become reentry advocates. We also want to encourage potential employers by highlighting the benefits of hiring citizens returning home from incarceration. We hope that these stories encourage and inspire you!!
Stories that inspire!
Because everyone deserves a second chance...
Basic Phases of Reentry
Preparation: To effectively reintegrate returning citizens into their community preparation must begin 6 to 12 months prior to release. Returning Citizens need skills, education, and resources to make a successful transition.
Transition: It's imperative that returning citizens have housing, food, clothing, and many other key supports. During the early days of release, most returning citizens need daily encouragement and assistance until their initial crisis-level needs are resolved. Then they need continued weekly contact, spiritual guidances, and emotional support for 6 to 12 months as they find employment, begin to rebuild relationships, and adapt to their new life.
Stabilization: Returning citizens need assistance establishing consistent personal habits, healthy relationships, emotional and spiritual growth. One very important sign of stabilization is when the returning citizen becomes involved in serving others in the community, this process normally takes 12 to 24 months.
Successful reentry involves addressing the needs in all areas of the returning citizen's life: social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, environmental, and physical.
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”