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Since the time of their development jail and prison reentry services alike were designed to help formerly incarcerated inmates who are released succeed back into their community, are associated with lowering both rates of criminal activity and reincarceration, as well as improving public safety. These reentry services include interventions such as but are not limited to; job skills training, decent educational programming, help finding housing assistance, and behavioral/health treatment. Nonetheless, executing reentry programs in a correctional setting is challenging, predominantly in jails, where stays are naturally short and recidivism rate remains high. Preparing offenders for a successful transition back to their families and reentry to the community is the primary focus of such community reentry services.
The community has a responsibility to make it possible for the formerly incarcerated to achieve successful reentry by forming a reintegrative community. The range and depth of barriers to reentry must be recognized and these counterproductive, discriminatory barriers must be removed. The community can work to reduce the adverse impacts of these barriers on successful reentry by arranging for short-term and long-term supports. Short-term supports address the essentials for survival (e.g., food, shelter, clothing, transportation, drug treatment, identification cards, and drug treatment). Long-term supports address the elements of a stable life (e.g., employment, transportation, housing, healthcare insurance, health care, educational development, social services, accepting their civic participation, capacity to form and maintain a family, etc.) (ICCA Policy Position on Community Responsibility and Engagement, II. Statement of Principles). The reentry process can and does work very well at times allowing inmates to readjust to the lifestyle of freedom they once…...

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