My post this week is about the reintegration of prisoners in the community. It is not a secret that The United States has the largest prison population around the world. "The United States population was 319 million as of July 4, 2014, according to the U.S. Census. That accounts for about 4.4 percent of the approximately 7.1 billion world population, which confirms the first part of this claim." according to the washington post. but what happen to all of this prisons when they come home? How do they transition from prison to home? ( specially those who have been locked for years). I have read many articles that explain what happens to an inmate when they are about to be released, some prisons provide clothing and a ticket for the bus, some just clothing, some $50 and a bus ticket. However, most of state departments of corrections report that they do not provide any funds funds upon release. But is that enough for a successful reintegration to society after confinement?
There are many different things that needs to be taking in consideration such as individual characteristics, family, peer relationships, communities and states policies.
It is crucial to have: - a strong support system from the family for the returning prisoner. - It is important for the person who is going to be released to find a place to live, to secure and get his/her formal identification. - Reestablish ties with family. - Find a job and get involved with the community if possible.
According to a scholar article I read called “ Transition from prison to community” they are 4 important characteristics that help understand and suggests how is the individual post-prison reintegration is likely to be.
Those stages are :
-immediate postprison experiences
post release and integration experiences.
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