Re-Integrating >600,000 Ex-Cons per Year and Growing – Give your Suggestions!

Please consider a jobs program for organizations to design and implement programs to re-integrate, provide mental health care, provide drug abuse treatment, provide family therapy, and supervise ex-cons and to train and employ ex-cons. > 600,000 convicts are released every year and this is growing due to the failed policy of the last 30 years to be “tough on crime.” What good does it do to squash prisoners like a bug, destroy their families, destroy their health, destroy their future career potential, and fail to provide even an iota of rehabilitation?

Part of our economic problem is that we are destroying and wasting so much human potential. If we employed these people and the prisons guards and employees, as well as reduce the number of prisoners in half with alternative sentencing for non-violent criminals, drug abuse treatment, and mental health care – our workforce that pays taxes and contributes to society will grow at an astonishing rate (including ex-cons, ex – prison employees, and the ex-cons’ families who were living on the dole) and our productivity will increase.

 Please give your creative suggestions about how to achieve this.  Think outside the box! Be innovative!

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4 Responses to “Re-Integrating >600,000 Ex-Cons per Year and Growing – Give your Suggestions!”

  1. antonia Says:

    my husbands brother is getting out of jail of 7 years for a white collar crime. He is going to live with us. I need help finding the best approach to this. Is it therapy for us all, is it ground rules, contracts between all three of us. What should I expect and not expect? By the way I have never met the guy.


  2. Linda Shelton Says:

    You question suggests that you would benefit from at least a few session with a psychologist. Ask your doctor to recommend one. You should examine YOUR biases first. It is hard to accept someone or help them if you are not in tune with personal biases that may affect how you relate to him. You should also examine what are your hidden feelings about the crime he committed and how you have learned to categorize a person in his situation (good and bad categories). When he actually arrives you will then be better able to put biases aside and accept him and help him for who he really is – which will take some time to understand. He clearly would also benefit from psychological counseling. Much of what he MUST do depends upon the conditions of his parole and whether or not he received any counseling in prison. I think the therapist will be better able to answer your questions after a session or two. You sound a little frightened of all this. You need to express these feelings to the therapist and to your husband in front of the therapist. Then the therapist can help you all resolve these concerns and make a plan that is not too rigid as to be intrusive to your brother-in-law, but receptive to YOUR needs as well as his needs.


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