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Prisoner Re-entry Simulation Scheduled for June 2


Have you ever wondered why so many people released from prison are unable to succeed and end up back in the criminal justice system? If so, you will want to save the afternoon of June 2 for the acclaimed “Returning Prisoner Simulation” developed by Madison Urban Ministry. This simulation offers a close-up view of what it’s like to come home from prison, inserting participants into realistic scenarios and lifelike struggles that released prisoners are likely to encounter.

This workshop begins with an introduction to the principles of restorative justice and explains the basic needs of returning prisoners. Each participant receives a mock profile that describes the life of a former prisoner and they take on the role of that character during a brief role-play. They must complete fundamental life tasks, such as finding housing and a job or simply cashing a check. This experience offers a glimpse into the sense of overwhelming frustration that a newly released prisoner may feel. The simulation concludes with a panel of formerly incarcerated people who each share their own re-entry journey and then answer questions from participants.

Please mark your calendars for this eye-opening program, and watch for more information later this spring. This program is sponsored by the Urgency of Now action team on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

September 17, 2019 17 Elul 5779