The video, from The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, is worth watching. It emphasizes some common barriers that people face trying to reenter society after prison. The subject’s story is a common one, I find. After getting out, men and women have good intentions and want to start over, desiring to live their lives crime free but encounter barriers like discrimination, prejudice, unforgiveness and mistrust. These barriers are so formidable that going back to prison seems more attractive than freedom.
Prison is expensive. That gives us a choice. Would we rather pay the $30,000+ per year to maintain a man or woman in prison or pay a lot less, about $5,000, and give them the support and skills that will lead them to become a citizen that contributes to society by paying taxes and giving back.
That what 7-70 does. You can see how our services work here.