Most incarcerated men and women do not spend their entire lives in prison. Most will get out. They will be neighbors, parents, clients, customers, students, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. With preparation and planning, re-entry (returning) to one’s family and community can be met with great success. Lack of planning provides an open door for future recidivism. Lack of planning increases the chances of inter-generational incarceration within the family. More and more grandparents and grandchildren are visiting their loved ones in prison waiting desperately for their release; forever fearful they will re-offend, and the process will begin yet again.
There are many barriers to successful re-entry: jobs, housing, food, clothing, transportation, and identification to name a few. Many of these barriers can be eliminated when newly released inmates have some type of relationship with their family members. The relationships between re-entrants and their families has been fraught with palpable frustration, lack of trust, disappointment, and disconnection. There are numerous ways to bridge the connection. Many, on both sides, do not know the first steps or strategies to make that happen. This book provides professionals and families a unique approach to breaking barriers and creating plans for successful re-entry. A re-entry process to include self-advocacy, accountability, and predictability verses a process full of chaos and broken promises.