If at first you don’t obtain your government ID — you must try, try, and try again — and that’s just one of the steps after getting out of prison.
Formerly incarcerated individuals face many challenges, and a “prisoner reentry simulation” exercise held recently at John Jay College of Criminal Justice showed just that.
For some, obtaining a birth certificate and Social Security card are the first steps to starting life after serving time, but sometimes, even those simple-sounding tasks aren’t easy to complete.
People who faced these struggles were unable to pawn items, visit their probation officer, attend AA or NA meetings, and basically start any step of the reentry process.
Read more… (NY Daily News)