Barriers of Reentry
The panel topic concerns the social issue of reentry challenges. The topic is best framed as a significant social issue for many reasons. One, about 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year. Estimates are that nearly 95% of all current state prisoners will be released as some point in time. Two, there are numerous, established barriers to successful reentry. Some are relational (e.g., families having difficulties adjusting to the dynamics of a returning family member), some are occupational (e.g., employers are reluctant to interview and/or hire the released, returning citizens have experienced a diminution in their work-related skill sets due to a lengthy incarceration), some are more basic (e.g., affordable housing, securing addiction services). Three, recidivism remains alarmingly high, but data reveal that many factors reduce the likelihood of returning to prison, some of which include diversion programs and accountability courts that focus on the unique challenges for those with serious mental illness and/or addiction problems.
Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00pm