Re-Entry Simulation

Location: Jepson 123
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

This workshop focuses on prisoner re-entry barriers. Attendees will receive randomized support services that include a variety of social, monetary, and relational components. The task will be to see who successfully navigates the system and remains free of incarceration. The purpose of this exercise is to raise awareness of the struggles and challenges faced by people returning to the community after incarceration. This simulation invites people to walk in the shoes of someone who is navigating the journey home. Following the simulation, there will a short conversation.


This is a proposal to offer a 30 minute experiential workshop that focuses on prisoner re-entry barriers. In the workshop, attendees will receive randomized support services that include a variety of social, monetary, and relational components. The task will be to see who successfully navigates the system and remains free of incarceration. The exercise includes representations of what a prisoner would leave a prison with that includes money, relationships, and services. The exercise takes people through a few scenarios that people engaging the re-entry process encounter. The purpose of this exercise is to raise awareness of the struggles and challenges faced by people returning to the community after incarceration. This simulation invites people to walk in the shoes of someone who is navigating the journey home. Following the simulation, there will a short conversation. Key questions that arise for the community leader includes issues of access, privilege and power, especially as related to bureaucracies, micro-cultures of social services and incarceration, equity and equality, and leading social change. The discussion will center on the observed differences between privilege levels, and on models of social change.

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