The Challenges of Prisoner Re-Entry Into Society
Interconnected Challenges Contributing to the Cycle of Recidivism
- Insufficient information about visiting procedures.
- Proximity of prison facilities — incarcerated men are, on average, 100 miles away from their children; incarcerated women are, on average, 160 miles away from their children.
- Family inability to afford transportation to the prison.
- Difficulty scheduling visits.
- Visiting procedures are humiliating or uncomfortable.
- Visiting areas are inhospitable for children.
- Foster parents are unwilling to aid in visits.
Society, Social Connections, and Expectations Upon Release
- Remaining within a prescribed geographic area
- Obtaining permission to change residence
- Maintaining employment
- Prohibition against possession of firearms
- Paying supervision fees
- Submitting to searches (of home, person, or vehicle) at any time by parole officers
- Not drinking alcohol or visiting bars
- Adherence to state or federal laws