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Breaking the Cycle: Why Advocacy for Returning Citizens Matters

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

As a society, we have a responsibility to ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to lead successful and fulfilling lives, regardless of their past mistakes. Unfortunately, for many individuals who have been incarcerated, reintegration into society can be a difficult and uphill battle.

Returning citizens often face significant barriers to reintegration into society. These barriers include discrimination in employment, housing, and education. This discrimination can make it difficult for returning citizens to secure stable housing, find gainful employment, and access the education and training they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.

However, by taking action and advocating for returning citizens, we can help break down these barriers and give individuals the opportunity to thrive. Here are a few ways you can advocate for returning citizens:

  • Support organizations that provide services to returning citizens, such as job training programs, housing assistance, and counseling services.

  • Urge your elected officials to support legislation that promotes reintegration and rehabilitation, such as reducing mandatory minimum sentences and expanding access to education and job training in prison.

  • Advocating for policies that reduce mass incarceration, such as bail reform and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses.

Advocating for returning citizens is not only the right thing to do, it's also an essential step in creating a more just and equitable society. When returning citizens are able to secure stable housing, find gainful employment, and access the education and training they need, they are less likely to reoffend and more likely to become productive members of society. By working together, we can break the cycle of recidivism and build a stronger, safer, and more equitable future for all.

To learn more about how we are working to change the narrative around recidivism, be sure to connect with us on social media!

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