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Running head: REENTRY PROGRAMS 1 Reentry Programs It is commonly assumed that having a successfu 1 l life after prison is solely determined by the individual, and not by the external circumstances they face. Finding work and housing, while
REENTRY PROGRAMS 2 still battling with the emotional and mental turmoil caused from years of confinement all present major challenges for people returning to independence after being incarcerated. (Wright, 2014). Ex-convicts are faced with the life circumstances and the readjustment period is critical. There are nearly 700,000 inmates released from prisons annually (Caporizzo, 2011). Following another nine million inmates that are released from jails and detention centers (Caporizzo, 2011). While keeping those numbers in mind, recidivism is an issue that correction departments invest significant resources in preventing. Programs are in place in order to aide this ongoing effort. Keeping ex-convicts out of prison is the primary goal. In order to accomplish this goal reentry programs have been implemented. Reentry programs are in place to ensure a smooth and effective transition back into civilization. Reentry programs are designated to support post and prerelease inmates into society, by aiding in job placement along with assisting in housing, while providing and implementing other reentry related services (Caporizzo, 2011). Taking a closure look at reentry programs while focusing on the elements, structure, and overall success rate, will define how effective reentry programs are to post-incarcerated inmates. Along with , the overall achievement rate of reentry programs within correction facilities and the benefits of affiliated reentry programs, that primarily deals with education, employment, and housing. Reentry Challenges Most inmates are faced with the daunting question of “now what?”, upon reentry into society. Inmates are antagonized with the challenges of seeking work, food, shelter, and most importantly, sustaining an independent livelihood. Freedom seems to become bittersweet for most newly released inmates. Sheriff Mike Cazes, of West Baton Rouge, Louisiana asserted that if we can save one person, give them shelter and food, and reunite them with their families then we have done our job (Ferner, 2015). The first few hours of reentry are critical. The first few
REENTRY PROGRAMS 3 hours upon being release determines whether ex-offenders have changed, and if they will adjust in to society. Reentry can seem to be everlasting for most, while attempting to embrace everything from education and counseling, to the lifelong struggles of securing housing and employment after post-release. Reentry programs are designed to assist inmates from the time they are admitted, to the months prior to inmates being released.

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