All in Community Reentry

Entering the Twilight Zone

Instead of working to integrate those who have served their sentences, the state of Connecticut makes their being members of society close to unbearable. While it's chilling news, it is important to discover just how far society has yet to evolve.

Janice Bellucci, the article's author, is the director of California's Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL), an organization instrumental in creating more fairness in the adjudication and reintegration of people forced by their crimes to be on a state registry.

 

The Value of Peer-to-Peer Treatment

Without peer support in the community, those with fragile mental health and sobriety issues may quickly find themselves back in desperate straits, and another trip to the emergency room, the hospital psyche ward, or jail.

Thankfully, there is an increasing acknowledgement about the value of peer support that is less about diagnosis, medication and hospitalization. Unfortunately, there are too few of them to serve the growing population in need. But here’s a glimpse at the model.

Community Reentry

Most people coming out of prison and jail are eager to avoid imprisonment again. Those who have spent years in prison are also scared about the challenges they’ll face upon release. 

Having “done their time,” most of them learned their lesson. They are eager to prove their worth and earn acceptance again. But if society is unwilling to forgive them, or hasn’t the capacity for helping them succeed, their chances of success diminish.