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How Can We Curb The Recidivism Rate

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From prison to society:

This is a big step for an ex-offender who is just released from a correctional institution.  Daily individuals are faced with a number task placed up them upon release. Half House, adjusting to the probation system, the family, and how to adjust to a different environment from which they knew prior to being incarcerated.  The culture shock of going from regimented prison life to the freedom and anarchy of life on the outside.
Ex-offenders, must learn the importance of assuming responsibility for their future, and turning away from antisocial behavior that leads to crime, and back to prison.

The obstacles are numerous, overcoming rejection, learning new skills, and a willingness to change attitude and behavior problems.

Over the years during my radio and television career, I have interview many individuals who have been involved in a cycle of criminal activity.  Predominately most of those echoed the need for assistance with entering or re-entering the workforce.  Once released from the criminal justice system, ex-offenders usually find re-entering society a difficult process. Attitude and behavior that ensure survival in prison (being tough, intimidating or withdrawn) work against building a stable social and emotional life.

The culture of prison life is traumatic. It is often dehumanizing. Yet being back on the street has its own traumas. The need to provide for basic needs – food, shelter, and money – can send ex-offenders back to crime.  It is important to prepare for and deal with these pressures positively.

Finding resources to help deal with a challenging new reality – government, private and faith-based organizations and support groups.  How to get paperwork necessary to find employment, housing and other essentials like social security and a drivers license.

A stable family life can provide and ex-offender with the support and encouragement to stay crime-free.  But relations with family members are often strained due to years of criminal activity and incarceration.  The stigma of ex-offender affects the relationship ex-cons have with their spouse, children and other family members. Learning constructive ways to deal with pressure, problems and conflict of family life.

Finding resources in the community to help deal with important issues such as guilt, anger, addiction and child-care.

For ex-offender, making a living is vital to staying away from trouble and staying out of prison.  Ex-offenders need to understand and overcome the challenges they may face when looking for work.

Attitude is essential to being successful at work.  Soft skills, being dependable and positive, following instructions, working well with others can be as important as technical skills.  A good attitude at work will help to build a better future.

Training:

To train or retrain individuals with employment, educational and emotional barriers to assist in enabling them to become stable minded employable citizens.

With structure and control, help people with barriers realize their potential while enjoying a reality interlaces with milieu of stable meaningful relationship with care providers and professional mentors.
Values:

Integrity - We believe in sound moral character, honesty, and ethical principles.
Collaborations – Are with the actual infrastructure that controls the participants in our program.
Empathy – We are here for those who are caught in the background check processes that are truly worth a second chance.

The program will work in tandem with the probation system to help the ex-offender re-enter society while ensuring the safety of the community.  To maintain the condition of their parole, as it is vital ex-offenders must regularly report to their parole officer’s; look for work, and stay away from criminal activity. Failure to do so may result in jail time.  Keeping parole is not an option – it’s the law.  Breaking parole has serious consequence, possibly prison.  Working closely with probationers is a vital component of the Program to assist the Los Angeles County Probation Department with paid on the job training at the minimum wage rate of pay for the individuals on their caseloads that they deem “worth a second chance”.

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