Have you ever thought about putting yourself in the place of a reentrant? Considered what it might feel like to come back into community after 5-10 years in a correctional center? For two hours in October we are going to experience a reentry simulation! I had the privilege of attending in Anchorage, I can tell you that the frustration was real as I ended each week behind bars for technical violations.
The Fairbanks Reentry Coalition, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, would like to give you an opportunity to learn more about the real-life challenges associated with reentry and invite you to participate in a Reentry Simulation.
WHO: The Reentry Simulation is for anyone that engages with reentrants or families that have been impacted by incarceration, for community and organizational leaders, and for those that are interested in learning about prisoner reentry or about the challenges faced by some of our most marginalized citizens.
WHEN: Thursday October 3, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 AM with lunch to follow.
WHERE: JP Jones Community Center, 2400 Rickert Street, Fairbanks
In 2018, more than 700 individuals were released from incarceration back into the Fairbanks community. The Reentry Simulation is a participatory activity that seeks to raise awareness about the process of reentering the community from a correctional institution, and to educate participates about the barriers and challenges associated with reentry. This hands-on activity will put participants into the role of a reentrant where one must balance decisions regarding accessing social services, entering into the workforce, obtaining identification, and finding housing while simultaneously complying with supervision and managing limited resources. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided by the Fairbanks Reentry Coalition.