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Urgency of Now: Returning Prisoner Simulation

Sunday, June 2, 2019 28 Iyar 5779

1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSocial Hall, Rm 106

Have you ever wondered why many people released from prison find it difficult to succeed? The acclaimed Returning Prisoner Simulation developed by Madison Urban Ministry offers a close-up view of what it’s like to come home from prison, inserting participants into realistic scenarios and lifelike struggles that formerly incarcerated persons are likely to encounter.

This workshop begins with an introduction to the principles of Restorative Justice and explains the basic needs of people returning from prison. Each participant receives a mock profile that describes the life of a particular person and takes on the role of that character during a brief role-play. Participants must complete fundamental life tasks, such as finding housing and a job, or simply cashing a check, opening a glimpse into the sense of overwhelming frustration that newly released prisoners often feel.

Participants have the opportunity to debrief and share their immediate reactions. The simulation concludes with a panel of formerly incarcerated people who share their own re-entry journeys and answer questions from participants.

To join in a journey of understanding and reconciliation, sign up for this eye-opening program here: As a special benefit, Madison Urban Ministry is making this valuable program available to us on the basis of voluntary donations. Donations of $5 to $50 are appreciated, or you can attend for free by serving as a volunteer. Volunteers can sign up here:

This program is sponsored by the TBE Urgency of Now Action Team on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.

“It was a real eye-opener for me. I’ve heard that it’s difficult for former prisoners to re-establish themselves in the community, but I had no idea until I tried.” —Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge

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