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David Carmona Florez
The importance of re-entry
Weekly assignment 10
Re-entry is the process by which the prisoner is prepared to be released from
prison or jail. It uses some activities and programs that help the convicts to
return to the community, in order to transform them in law-abiding citizens.
For example, when a convict is going to go out of prison he can be released to parole or not. This system is the best option because convicts need to adapt themselves to freedom and, without parole, this can be a shocking change.
When a convict is released, he must do everything for himself, for example to get a job, and this is very difficult after being in prison. Without money or a way to be reinserted in society, this ex-convict has a lot of probabilities of commit a new crime, and this risk is bigger when we talk about inmates who have any drug addiction or mental illness. According to the text, people who spend more time in re-entry programs are less likely to return to prison.
Unfortunately, prisons do not receive enough money, and some re-entry programs and even some inmates “privileges” have been eliminated, for example hot meals, personal clothing or family days.
Because of these facts, the author says that states have to invest in re-entry programs and activities to re-educate the convicts.
Prison or jail is useless if at the end of the process the convicts are not rehabilitated and reinserted in society, because they will commit another crime and they will be sent to the prison again, so the criminal justice system will be feeding a vicious circle with no solution.