Closing the Revolving Door
This article is to address recidivism and the importance of taking our rehabilitation seriously. I am an inmate who, in the last year, became one of the 70 percent of felons who return to prison within three years of their release. I have learned that we, as incarcerated men, must take full responsibility for our rehabilitation. To avoid recidivism, we must go beyond mere participation in pre-release programming. There are classes here that teach job readiness skills and vocational training, but, just as important, there are programs that work to bring attention to the damage of criminal personalities as well as successful ways to shed them.
Rehabilitation is an everyday struggle. In order to succeed as men in society, we must find in ourselves the will, desire, and determination to become law-abiding citizens. Each and every one of us has the power to change the world, but first we must change ourselves!