Graduated re-entry

I’ve seen several articles about graduated re-entry lately. This Vox piece does a nice job explaining it.

From the piece:

For the transition from prison to life outside to be successful, it needs to be gradual. If someone needed to be locked up yesterday, he shouldn’t be completely at liberty today. And he shouldn’t be asked to go from utter dependency to total self-sufficiency in one flying leap. He needs both more control and more support. Neither alone is likely to do the job.

I encourage you to read the rest of the piece as it outlines some strategies to reduce mass incarceration and give people a shot.

And — this is the central point — the offender’s freedom increases over time, as long as he does what he’s supposed to do. Yes, violations of the rules are sanctioned. But compliance and achievement are rewarded with increased freedom. Every sustained period of compliance with the rules — at first, even a couple of days — leads to some relaxation of the rules. Successful completion of the first 48 hours out of prison might earn a few hours’ freedom to leave the unit other than for work or other necessary business.

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