Reentry and the American Prison System

1613 WordsJan 31, 20186 Pages
With the dramatic increase in the prison population since the 1970’s, the number of people released from prison has also seen a steady increase. In 2009, almost 730,000 people were released from state and federal prisons, an increase of more than 20 percent since 2000. Those newly released are often condemned by their time in prison and usually have to deal with a loss of social standing. The transitioning process can present various challenges for them including but not limited to reconnecting with family and peers, finding living arrangements and employment. This transitioning process is better referred to as reentry. Reentry is the process in which individuals return to communities from prison or jail custody, with the goal of reintegrating into society. In addition to feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, this process can be further complicated by the many indirect legal consequences of a criminal conviction, sometimes called collateral consequences, which can inhibit an individual's ability to reenter society. Upon release, a majority of prisoners will not have anyone or anyplace to go home to. and housing is one of the first most important commodities they’ll require. A stable home can help build a solid foundation, giving a place for communication as well as making it easier to seek employment. This is also essential for maybe a parent wanting to reunite with their kids after being released. Finding such housing can be a daunting task partly because of
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