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Paid the Crime But Still Doing the Time: Challenges and Possibilities for Returning Citizens After Serving Time in Jail/Prison

Individuals returning to the community after serving jail and prison sentences are faced with a lifetime of stigma and discrimination, even after paying the 'debt' decided upon by a judge and/or jury. When returning, individuals should be able to do so with the full rights of any other citizen.  Doing otherwise is an injustice, and even undermines the well-being of the larger community and society.

Originally aired on Howard University Television (WHUT),  May 26, 2015.

If you ask most people what comes to mine when they hear the term criminal justice system, they say things like the police force and crime control or sentencing and the parole system. But for the returning citizen, those who have served their time and are eager to rejoin society-at-large it means much more. It means dealing with the challenges of education, facing housing and employment discrimination,and addressing healthcare issues, with the statistical cloud of recidivism hanging over their heads.