A welcome home?
It is especially challenging for these communities to welcome young people back into the fold of neighborhood life after their involvement in the justice system. When so many community members are struggling to make ends meet, justice system involved young adults are not often the priority for precious community resources.
But the additional costs—in government dollars, in human potential—are just too high if we don’t turn the cold shoulder into a real welcome home.
Barriers to employment for people with criminal records create more harm, perpetuating community-wide poverty. Without an avenue to economic advancement, these young adults are at risk of raising another generation in poverty. They are also at risk of recidivism: Two-thirds of young adults released from [PENDING what/where] will return to the justice system.