Reentering society after time spent in prison is a shock and demands a considerable amount of adjustment. For newly released parolees, navigating life on the outside means overcoming numerous obstacles on the path toward rebuilding their lives, including complying with the conditions of parole. What do you consider to be the two most difficult issues that a parolee encounters when s/he is reintroduced into free society? Drawing on material from chapter 9, and applying at least one outside source, discuss two of the biggest challenges facing parolees upon community reentry.
Prisoner reentry is a long and difficult process, compounded by a recent decline in preparing inmates for the transition back home (Stohr and Walsh, 2022, p. 230). Without adequate preparation for their transition, ex-offenders end up returning to prison at alarming rates. In California, recidivism rates are among the highest in the nation, with over 65% of those released from prison returning within three years and 73% violating parole or committing a new crime within the first year (CDCR 2012). Such high recidivism rates represent the failure of Corrections to meet the rehabilitation needs of parolees. Fortunately, a blueprint does exist for providing parolees “a fighting chance” for reentry success (Stohr and Walsh, 2022, p. 230). Referring to chapter 9, in your own words, identify and explain the three programmatic phases believed necessary for successful reentry.
Based on your answers to questions 1 and 2, find an example of rehabilitative programming that, from your perspective, best serves the needs of newly released parolees. Research the internet for a program you believe prepares parolees to overcome the two obstacles you discussed in question 1, and aligns with some parts of the programmatic phases you outlined in question 2. In your analysis, explain how the program addresses each obstacle and connects with each phase. Be sure to identify the specific population the program is tailored to (e.g., women, men, juveniles, gang members, sex offenders, etc.) and address relevant issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, immigrant status, etc. as applicablawze.