Life after prison can often be just as difficult as time spent behind bars. Most former convicts struggle with culture shock, mental health issues, disenfranchisement, unemployment and a whole host of other problems upon release. Today we will learn more about some of those issues and the struggle the formerly incarcerated face when trying to re-engage in society.
OPTION 1: Long-term imprisonment inevitably changes the personalities of former convicts. Read these findings from interviews with 25 former "lifers," who had served an average of 19 years in jail.
OPTION 2: Maryam Henderson-Uloho was convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to 25 years in a Louisiana prison. When released, she felt dehumanized. Watch the YouTube video of how she turned her life around-- and continues to support other female ex-offenders.
OPTION 3: Formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27%-- higher than the total U.S. unemployment rate during any historical period, including the Great Depression. Read this article, which outlines the barriers formerly incarcerated people face when looking for employment.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.