West Virginia Public Broadcasting – About 95 percent of people who leave prison or jail return home without the resources they need to transition back into society, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy. Some of the barriers they face include housing and supervision restrictions or problems getting a job with a criminal record. Read the full article.
To help get an idea of this experience, Concord University is hosting a re-entry simulation in April. Participants will be given a biography and assigned tasks. The challenge will be to complete the tasks while encountering barriers typical after incarceration.
Beverly Sharp, Director of the WV Reentry Councils, and Ashley Lough from the United States Attorneys’ Offices will be in Athens to facilitate the simulations.