Most justice involved and recovery (JI/R) individuals face significant social adaptation issues, which can include family/community stigmatization and ostracism and an ensuing negative impact on their ability to find jobs or housing, return to formal education or build (or rebuild) individual and social capital.
Unless they receive help to face these issues, they risk getting caught up in a vicious cycle of failed social integration, reoffending, reconviction, and social rejection.
For many people, the most difficult aspect of reentry and addiction recovery is remaining clean and sober after they return to society. The reasons for this vary, but the most common factor is a lack of preparation for the outside world.
In addition, many offenders intend to become law-abiding citizens when they’re released from jail or prison but face an uphill battle to living a conventional life yet have few job skills, lack formal education, and experience discrimination.
Florida’s recidivism rate is nearly 25% for the past three years. Justice Department records show nearly 5 million Floridians have been arrested at some point. Currently over 1,000 provisions of Florida law limit the rights, benefits, and opportunities of people with past convictions, which is higher than most other states. Seventy nine percent of these restrictions are employment-related, and 85% are of indefinite duration and can be lifelong.
Programs are paramount to reducing recidivism by preparing JI/R individuals for employment, enabling them to positively engage with others and their families, could improve public safety and benefit Florida industry.