We need to help ex-in­mates ad­just to so­ci­ety

In the movie “The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion,” the char­ac­ters “Red” Red­ding and Brooks Hatlen are re­leased from prison and at­tempt to re-en­ter so­ci­ety with lit­tle more than a set of clothes and the ad­dress of an apart­ment.

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - OPINION -

They can­not com­pre­hend what to ex­pect from life “on the out­side.” No struc­ture ex­ists to show them how to adapt to their new free­doms, how to han­dle the pres­sure of self-re­liance or how to re­sist the temp­ta­tion of fall­ing back into the only lives they re­ally know. ..

In too many in­stances, re­al­life 2017 Amer­ica is not far enough re­moved from Hol­ly­wood’s take on 1950s and 1960s Amer­ica where felons are con­cerned: lit­tle fore­thought, lit­tle com­pas­sion, lit­tle chance of suc­cess out­side of an in­sti­tu­tion . ...

In Colum­bus, state lead­ers and crim­i­nal jus­tice ex­perts an­nounced the launch­ing of a new ef­fort to re­duce Ohio’s prison pop­u­la­tion through an ex­am­i­na­tion of crime, courts, pro­ba­tion and in­car­cer­a­tion. The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that a year­long study by the Coun­cil of State Govern­ments Jus­tice Cen­ter will an­a­lyze thou­sands of records to ex­am­ine how sen­tences im­posed for se­ri­ous crimes af­fect not only prison pop­u­la­tions but also life af­ter prison . ...

As a so­ci­ety, we can­not in­car­cer­ate our way out of our ex­ist­ing chal­lenges, par­tic­u­larly drug abuse and ad­dic­tion.

When felons have served their time, we need sys­tems in place to make their re-en­try more seam­less and less likely to re­sult in re­cidi­vism and a re­turn to prison.

Read the full edi­to­rial from the Can­ton Re­pos­i­tory at bit. ly/2zzVj9W

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