The ReEntry Simulation helps participants experience some of the challenges of re-entering society after being incarcerated. These are real problems for real people. If we as a community do not recognize these issues and find ways to address them, then the likelihood of the ex-offender returning to incarceration is high indeed, as high as 65% within three years.

While offenders are released to diverse communities with differing levels of support and intrinsic motivation, many share a lot of the same challenges. The ReEntry Simulation illustrates the journey to self-sufficiency and the barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness and decreased self-efficacy.

Participants assume the identity of an ex-offender who has just been released. They are charged to take care of all their living expenses and court ordered appointments within the month (four 15-minute weeks.) They will interact with an employer, the probation office, ID station, as well as many other groups.

The simulation takes two hours and requires a minimum of 25 people and a maximum of 72. The target population for the simulation is not ex-offenders but people in society who have the opportunity to assist people in making the transition: employers, lawyers, judges, probation officers, legislators, landlords, churches, staff in helping agencies, etc.

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  • Cynthia Spencer

    says on:
    April 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I like live in Pennsylvania. I am a transsitional service coordinator for adjudicated youth. I wold like to organize a reentry simulation for the juvenile justice system. How do I get a copy of the program?
    Thank you.

    • Beth

      says on:
      May 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Unfortunately the only kit for the simulation is the one I have. I took a “skeleton” of a simulation developed in Alabama and created the full simulation. Making all the pieces took time and resources. Sorry.

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