The Importance of Restoration in the Reentry Process

In previous blogs we have discussed various topics related to inmates and their reentry and transition to civilian life.  The process is never easy, many fail at the attempt and thus, recidivism rates are inexcusably high.  However, there is a common thread to be observed among those inmates who succeed in the process.  They are reunited with family and friends, become gainfully employed and their lives become models to other inmates who have vowed never to return to prison.  Clear-thinking people want to know what makes the difference.


Every ministry partner, donor and friend – not to mention the ministry employees and leaders, wants to know if their work is successful.  It is both common and appropriate to ask questions such as: “Are we fulfilling our intended purpose and mission?”  “Are lives being positively impacted by our work?”  “Is my generosity/donation to this ministry having a measurable effect?”  These are all legitimate questions and deserve answers.


Changing the Dialogue

In recent posts we have addressed the serious problem in America of recidivism – the return of released inmates to prison after committing another crime, being arrested, convicted, sentenced and returned to prison within 3 years after their previous release. The high numbers posted by both state and federal government officials range from 35% to over 70%. This represents a massive failure of a broken system, all paid for by taxpayers blissfully unaware or uncaring that their dollars are propping up such a boondoggle.


Reentry and Transition to Civilian Life

Last time I addressed the true nature of recidivism which is by most standards out of control in many states. More importantly is the response IMR has taken in addressing this epidemic not through prison reform, but through the transformation of lives, one life at a time, through the power of Jesus Christ and His saving grace.