Helping ex-offenders find meaningful work and reintegrate into society

 

This episode features an interview with Leilani Stone from Reentry Resources for Change.
Little do we know about the reentry population let alone learn about what the process is like coming back into a society that has rapidly changed. For individuals who were formerly incarcerated or has a record, the struggle for employment, housing, transportation and more is much harder than you can imagine. That’s why we have amazing organizations like Reentry Resources for Change to help!

Reentry Resources for Change (RR4C) is a non-profit organization that helps individuals who were formerly incarcerated with the support and stability they need to be functioning contributing citizens. Through volunteers from the community, they assist in

breaking down barriers to reentry and provide empowerment through knowledge and education.

Working within your community, RR4C works with individuals because they know that each person’s situation is different. Leilani shared RR4C is personalized and foucses not only on the individual, but the family as a whole because they need that support system throughout their transition process.

To learn more about Reentry Resources for Change and how you can get involved or use their services to go:

  1. Website: http://www.resourcesforchange.org/
  2. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rr4c.sandiego/

You can help by volunteering to facilitate a program, class or Donate and help bring reentry programs and services to those who need it the most.


Reentry Facts & Trends

  • At least 95 percent of state prisoners will be released back to their communities at some point.2
  • During 2010, 708,677 sentenced prisoners were released from state and federal prisons, an increase of nearly 20 percent from 2000.3
  • Nearly 4.9 million individuals were on probation or parole at the end of 2010.5
  • In a study that looked at recidivism in over 40 states, more than four in 10 offenders returned to state prison within three years of their release.6

Mental Health

  • The incidence of serious mental illnesses is two to four times higher among prisoners than it is in the general population.9
  • In a study of more than 20,000 adults entering five local jails, researchers documented serious mental illnesses in 14.5 percent of the men and 31 percent of the women, which taken together, comprises 16.9 percent of those studied — rates in excess of three to six times those found in the general population.10

Substance Abuse

  • Three quarters of those returning from prison have a history of substance use disorders. Over 70 percent of prisoners with serious mental illnesses also have a substance use disorder.11
  • Only 7 percent to 17 percent of prisoners who meet DSM criteria for alcohol/drug dependence or abuse receive treatment in jail or prison.14

Housing & Homelessness

  • More than 10 percent of those entering prisons and jails are homeless in the months before their incarceration. For those with mental illness, the rates are even higher — about 20 percent. Released prisoners with a history of shelter use were almost five times as likely to have a post-release shelter stay.15

Education & Employment

  • Two in five prison and jail inmates lack a high school diploma or its equivalent.20
  • Employment rates and earnings histories of people in prisons and jails are often low before incarceration as a result of limited education experiences, low skill levels, and the prevalence of physical and mental health problems; incarceration only exacerbates these challenges.21
  • A large, three-state recidivism study found that less than half of released prisoners had secured a job upon their return to the community.22

Families

  • An estimated 809,800 prisoners of the 1,518,535 held in the nation’s prisons at midyear 2007 were parents of children under age 18. Parents held in the nation’s prisons — 52 percent of state inmates and 63 percent of federal inmates — reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3 percent of the U.S. resident population under age 18.23
  • Twenty-two percent of the children of state inmates and 16 percent of the children of federal inmates were age 4 or younger. For both state (53 percent) and federal (50 percent) inmates, about half their children were age 9 or younger.25

 


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