Why is successful reintegration important?
A SURVEY OF PRISONERS RETURNING HOME, FOUND ALMOST ONE THIRD (30 PERCENT) OF THE SAMPLE WORE PRISON CLOTHES OR PRISON-ISSUED STREET CLOTHES AT THE TIME OF RELEASE.
A UI SURVEY REVEALED 72 PERCENT OF DOCS ASSESS AN INMATES EMPLOYMENT NEEDS.
EX-OFFENDERS CAN OBTAIN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN PERSON, BUT MUST SET AN APPOINTMENT WHICH CAN TAKE UP TO 30 DAYS OR LONGER. IF MAILING IN APPLICATION, PROCESSING TAKES 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE RECEIVED.
When prisoners in the United States are released, they face an environment that is challenging and actively deters them from becoming productive members of society. Within three years of release, 67.8 percent of ex-offenders are rearrested, and within five years, 76.6 percent are rearrested. With more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States, recidivism harms both the families of inmates and society in general, as taxpayers continue to support a broken system that sets ex-offenders up to fail once they are released.
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Providing Essential Tangible Items
The Nxt Chapter provides basic necessities and resources ex-offenders will need in the initial days following release. This will help to navigate the challenges one will likely encounter upon release. When a person is released from prison, their most immediate needs will be transportation, food, and clothing. They must have a means for getting to their release location, civilian clothes to wear on their journey home and food to sustain them as they navigate the first few hours on the outside world. They also require some minimal amount of cash on hand to fulfill these immediate needs. Personal identification is critical in this initial period as well. It is a prerequisite for achieving the more long-term reentry goals of finding a job and securing housing so they may sustain living quarters and achieve their goals.
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Educational & Employment Resources
Ensure that appropriate assessments and referrals have been made to facilitate the process of finding and keeping a job. Employment represents one of the greatest barriers to an individual’s successful reintegration into the community. It also increases feelings of self-efficacy and self-sufficiency, building confidence in released prisoners that they can support themselves without needing to resort to criminal activities or reliance on family members or “handouts”; providing a new social network that supports positive behaviors and serves as protection for those in need of it. Unfortunately, on average only one in five ex-offenders had employment lined up prior to their release. Many former ex-offenders are able and qualified to work, but simply do not have the proper proofs of identity or educational credentials needed to demonstrate employment eligibility. They have not been given information on how and where to look for jobs or must meet parole requirements (such as participation in treatment programs, curfew or other restrictions on mobility) that limit their ability to find and keep employment. Former prisoners also face community and institutional barriers to employment. Company policies and state licensing restrictions may formally prohibit hiring individuals with criminal histories.
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Support System Preparations
When an inmate returns to the community, they will need a positive support system in place that encourages a healthy lifestyle, positive behaviors, and self-sufficiency. Whether an individual has a family member, friend, or mentor to aid them at the moment of release, no one should leave prison without someone immediately available to support them. Prisoners reunited with their families following release have been shown to decrease their use of illegal drugs without additional treatment, have fewer new arrests and show improved physical and mentally. Supportive family members can also encourage existing ex-offenders to make up for their past actions by participating in restorative justice activities designed primarily to support victims of crime in rebuilding their lives. Restorative justice program that includes restitution payments to victims, community service, and various forms of victim-offender mediation have also been found to reduce recidivism among participants.
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