Leaving prison is stressful. In fact, the day a person is released from prison is more stressful than the day they are sentenced. Often, people re-entering society have more barriers than ever before – unemployment, lost housing, disconnection from family members, and a felony record.
With the help of a mediator, women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women and their families work through past harms and get on the same page about expectations for the future. These difficult and emotional conversations are shown to increase hope, improve support systems, and decrease recidivism.
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“We’ve tried to work all this out before, but we can’t ever get anywhere because the only time we can talk is in 15 minute phone calls. It’s just not enough time. Or during visitation, when everybody else can overhear. And we were so angry that we just couldn’t communicate without a mediator. Today we actually worked things out. Before this, I thought I was going to be homeless. Thank you.”
– Re-entry mediation participant
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