The Case For The Former Prisoner Essay

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On any given day in the United States of America there is more than 1700 prisoners released from incarceration to reintegrate back into society. Annually, the total number of prisoners returning to communities across the country is over 635,000 (Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2016). With such an influx of prisoners returning to society, the odds are definitely stacked against them. They are released requiring employment and housing to even have a fighting chance of remaining free. While this may seem like a simple task to the general population, it is always not the case for the former prisoner. Most of them do not have a high school degree and over half suffer from drug and alcohol abuse. Factor in the ones who have a mental or physical disability, and a seemingly unclimbable mountain has been created (Fletcher, 2007).
With the majority of these prisoners returning to some of the roughest communities in the United States, it could show a possible link to the extremely high recidivism rate among them. The percentage among inmates rearrested within five years is a staggering 77% with more than 55% of them being convicted of a new crime or for violation of the terms of their parole (Hlavka, Wheelock, and Jones, 2015). One of the reasons for such a high recidivism rate for inmates released into these communities is that there is a lack of social bonds and a social network that provides little to no assistance in helping them assimilate into society (Berg…

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