Reentry Support Project Blog

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Yes we help!!!

Just because you have a criminal record it does not mean that you cannot achieve you personal and professional goals.

At the reentry support project we know that it is not easy for everybody to see this especially if this is you. With this blog we use it to give encouraging words to others that have just been released or those that are having a hard time finding what they need to in the now real world.

We have teamed up with many partners from around the U.S. to bring you just that. With the generous help from companies such as¬†and wendy’s and with that many more. We are here to support you!

Stats that have come out say that sixty percent of all formerly incarcerated people are unemployed one year after their release. That means that of the 600,000 people that are getting out and coming home 360,000 will not have a job within a year. With stats like that it is hard to come into the world again with hope. Even with stats that show formerly incarcerated people are more productive than those who have not been.

So the question is why is this the case that 60% cannot get a job? Especially when ninety five percent of all incarcerated people will have reentry into communities.

Somethings have to be worked on…

One of the biggest things for incarcerated people is that only half of all have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. The mental illness of all that have been put in prison is much higher than the general population on the outside usually up to 14.5% of men are mentally ill and with woman it is up to 31%. For the juvenile offenders it is even worse. Sixty to seventy percent have a mental illness and twenty seven percent of those have a severe mental illness.

Woman make up 7 percent of the total prison population and most of them go to prison due to property and drug crimes and are more likely to have symptoms of mental illness.

Almost 3 million minor children have a parent incarcerated. The staggering stat on this is that one in twenty eight children have a parent in prison.

Lastly ten percent of all people going to prison are homeless and ten percent of all people coming out of prison are homeless.

What can I do?

What can you do? If you are trying to help those that are coming out of prison is to give a helping hand, offer them a job, or just be patient with them. If you are coming out of prison ready for reentry in to the general population just have faith, believe in yourself, be up beat, and always be ready to take anything that comes your way, because an open door is just that an open door.

Next Month

We will have a famous physiatrist one of the top ten as rated by that we have interviewed on the mental road blocks that many have suffered coming out from incarceration, how to adjust, and what to look out for. Make sure to comment below because we love to see how we can help others! Talk to you next month.