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WEEK 3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: AFTER PRISON


Life after prison can often be just as difficult as time spent behind bars. Most former convicts struggle with culture shock, mental health issues, disenfranchisement, unemployment and a whole host of other problems upon release. Today we will learn more about some of those issues and the struggle the formerly incarcerated face when trying to re-engage in society. 
 
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...
Long-term imprisonment inevitably changes the personalities of former convicts. Read these findings from interviews with 25 former 'lifers,' who had served an average of 19 years in jail. 
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Maryam Henderson-Uloho was convicted of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 25 years in a Louisiana prison. When she was released, she felt dehumanized. Watch the incredible story of how she turned her life around - and how she supports other female ex-offenders. 
WATCH
Formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27% - higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, including the Great Depression. Read this article which outlines the barriers formerly incarcerated people face when looking for unemployment. 
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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WEEK ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1:    Read about the profound change in the involvement of women within the criminal justice system. This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women.

LEVEL 2: Consider a volunteer opportunity at The STAR Project or at a similar re-entry program in your community.
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