REENTRY: A broad term used for issues related to the transition of inmates from prison into the community.
Bridging the Gap
Stable employment is critical to a successful transition to the community and reintegration into society. The link between unemployment and crime is well established and it has been proven that inmates reentering the community are less likely to reoffend if they can overcome employment barriers. Research by Sampson and Laub (1993, 2003) emphasize the importance of social bonds in an individual's refrain from criminal activity. They explain the effect of employment on recidivism as a result of developing bonds to conventional norms that lead to attachment and commitment to conventional society, and lead individuals to desist from criminal activity.
In an effort to improve public safety, the Department of Corrections provides inmates with programs that reduce the likelihood they will commit new crimes post release. About 97% of inmates will complete their sentences and release to the community, and without successful efforts to resolve their individual deficits, many will return to lives of crime.
Paying Their Way
Correctional Industries' businesses produce quality goods and services while providing inmates with job experience and wages. These work opportunities help to develop positive work ethics and provide the means for inmates to build a mandatory savings account, help support their families, pay court-ordered financial obligations, victim restitution, and their incarceration costs.
With 97% of all incarcerated inmates returning to local communities, Correctional Industries plays an important role in their transition. With the seed money from their savings, job skills and experience gained from CI, the inmates have a greater chance of finding a job — enabling them to work toward a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Purchases from CI lower the costs associated with operating the state's criminal justice system and provide inmates with an opportunity to gain interpersonal and technical skills. Further, this work experience is documented on their resumes.