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Posted By Emre Umar

The most prevalent, persistent problem facing the American prison system is, without contest, prisoner reentry.  Statistically, 6 in every 10 inmates released will recidivate, which means they will be rearrested and return to prison within a three-year timeframe.  In Pennsylvania, on average 10% of all persons arrested are those who were previously incarcerated.  There is a remarkably high likelihood for young offenders to be rearrested.  States recognize this as one of the most dominating problems in society, and there are programs in place to prevent this problem from ever occurring.  The Pennsylvania Prison Society is one such organization that seeks to help recently released men and women readjust to a manageable life.

The Pennsylvania Prison Society, founded in 1787, serves the Philadelphia area and greater Pennsylvania area and is one such correctional transition program.  There, they recognize the difficulty a recently released prisoner can have trying to adjust to a sense of normalcy, and share a focus of helping in finding employment.  Sessions are offered that aim to prepare the recently released with goal-setting, resume building and interview preparation, appropriate everyday etiquette, self-finance know-how, and opportunities for networking and personal interaction.  Time with a computer can be provided for those without access, for the purpose of finding potential employment.  Most importantly, the Pennsylvania Prison Society conducts operations for free, easing some stress.

Acclimating back into society is no simple process.  The Pennsylvania Prison Society is one of the many programs understanding that constructive corrective services and a gentle helping hand can save lives.  The statistic can be lowered through trust in these programs.   With a willingness and eagerness to help rehabilitate those reentering the world, programs can give something of the utmost importance to prisoners waiting for their day to go home: faith in a system that works, and acceptance that they can still have a normal life. 

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