Recidivism: Prison and Ex-offenders
These programs are designed to enhance employment opportunities. Employment is a necessary tool everyone needs to succeed in society, not just ex-offenders. Having a job gives the ability to provide for oneself and to have financial freedom. There are employers who do not want to offer second chance opportunities to ex-offenders but there are other companies who do.
Housing is the second major barrier an ex-offender faces upon release. The economy has not been friendly for anyone seeking shelter, especially ex-offenders. There are so many homeless people due to the recession. Once an inmate has completed his or her sentence, Federal and State laws mandate that an adult offender cannot remain in jail. Rental applications are screened for criminal activity which often results in rejection, and requirements such as security deposits and first month’s rent can often be a setback for the ones who are fortunate enough to be approved.
Derek Schnapp, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, says “once they’ve served their sentence, we cannot legally hold them. Schnapp goes on to say that “the department advises inmates preparing to leave prison of potential shelters and community organizations that may be able to help them, but that securing housing is not within the department’s jurisdiction.” Also inmates released as parolees begin searching for