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Kat’s Blog: More Needs to Be Done to Help Registrants Re-Integrate

Upon graduation from a Sex Offender Treatment Group, a registrant made the comment that “some of the guys in the group will never graduate, they’re always afraid they’ll break some registry law, they seldom leave their homes or motel rooms. Most of them can’t find jobs, their PO’s “safety Plan” is for them to do their grocery shopping at 4AM. Every day for them is like “Ground Hog Day”, exactly the same, it never changes. What kind of life is that? Shouldn’t someone be doing more to help these guys reintegrate, to live somewhat normal lives?”

Registrants with supportive family and friends are fortunate, once out of prison, their chances of finding housing, procuring employment, building future relationships and re-integrating back into a society that as we all know, can be less than welcoming, may not be easy, but for them, it’s possible. They can succeed.

Those registrants with minimal or no support system may indeed find themselves stuck, unable to move forward with their lives. They are paralyzed with fear of the registry, have no one to inform them of court issues that affect them. They have no one to encourage, support or help motivate them. Their day to day existence becomes just that, mere existence. The fact that they are “surviving” doesn’t necessarily mean they are” living”. Life is more than just being alive. Something needs to be done.

Shouldn’t some entity bear the responsibility of helping re-integrate registrants back into an unhospitable society, a society where we know many will view them as the enemy because of the label they’ve been given? Shouldn’t the Criminal Justice System, the Bureau of Prisons, the Dept. of Justice, someone, be doing something more? Too many “good people” are being released back into a society that has been lied to by the Criminal Justice system and the media, told that these people are to be feared. How are they supposed to re-integrate?

Prisons offer a bit of general re-integration assistance prior to release, but it’s not much, and it’s certainly not geared toward those who will be released with a label around their necks.

Some fortunate ex-offenders will have homes to return to, some will find a cheap motel or low-cost room, while still others will be homeless.  They may receive a once a week Sex Offender Treatment Group and a P.O. who encourages them to go to a local job training center where they have computer access to try to find employment. (Of course, no job training is included.) But none of this is “re-integration focused”.

After being locked up for 5-10 years, a scarlet letter hung around your neck when you walk out the prison gates and now, you’re sent out into the cold, cold world. How well you manage to blend back into society becomes your problem.

To be fair, while in prison, offenders are offered some educational classes such as electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, etc.  There are some basic courses on how to manage your return to society. However, the problems for registrants are unique. They are returning to a society that will stigmatize them, a society that would rather they remain locked up. They have been labeled. Finding a career in any of the job skills such as those provided by the prison, jobs where you are required to enter customer’s homes, well, for registrants, that may not work. Prisons haven’t taken into account the “real world job liability” that registrants face when offering prison career classes. (How many registrants have prison “certificates” for classes they took, certificates that are worthless to them on the “outside” because of their registrant status?)

The fact is, more needs to be done. In order for all registrants to have a chance at fully re-integrating back into society, there needs to be more programs to assist them. Their hurdles out in the world are far greater than others. The obstacles they face in finding housing and jobs is much different, more challenging, than others released from prison. Their chances at finding and building relationships more tenuous.

All registrants should have the opportunity to move forward with their lives. In order for that to happen, there needs to be a better system of re-integration for registrants.

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Reintegration was never a thought, submission and punishment took center stage at the registry’s inception and at the passing of every bill having to do with it. Any progress made by a “successfully rehabilitated” offender is contingent FIRST on their submission and acceptance of PUNISHMENT delivered at many levels by not only the state but the community and every soul that ever walked past their house.

Somewhere out there a horse finally got that carrot but not a registrant.

The Gov Started these Problems the Gov Needs to Solve them !!!
By Spending alot of 💰💸 !!!
Alot ot 🕒 !!!
Alot of Work !!!
No Excuses !!!

Well, let’s be more clear and factual than Registry Supporters/Terrorists are. The people who started these problems are the people who committed crimes. Given that problem, if the governments that we pay for and support were legitimate, responsible, moral, fair, and intelligent, as we should DEMAND, they would punish such people in that same way. They would punish crimes intelligently and not make the entire situation worse. They wouldn’t have Registries. So sure, big government is a huge problem. But just don’t say they started it.

If we all understand the issue we can all understand that voicing out is good. Even talk shows, newspapers. Have someone in charge of that. Sure we can all do vain babbling and yes we too can be wrong or is everybody wanting to justify themself. Its not easy and fighting citty hall has been a battle for several decades. A person texted on here about some mental illiness or some other issues but seems to me we all have gotten our hands dirty. Look at government today and that should tell you or who puts the blame on others.… Read more »

I was highly successful engineer before I went to prison for nine years. I had traveled extensively, worked my way through college at minimum wage jobs, lived in my car, ect. Fairly tough. Both book and street smart. Yet, despite all those advantages, I was unable to reintegrate into society upon release. I quickly learned that I would be ran out of any apartment complex. Even renting just a room from someone else would fail since my P.O. would inform everyone nearby. Jobs wouldn’t last long. I got a job at IHOP as a dishwasher, was promoted to full time… Read more »

Dear Xorti

What an interesting story you have…tougher than tough, I am sure…but thanks for writing it up.
Makes me grateful for how easy I have it, comparatively speaking of course. I hope you successfully get out of the country and live happily off your SS…some people may resent this…but I say congratulations. (also I hope you can successfully make your escape to…somewhere).

God be with you.

Best Wishes, James I

What they need should do is get rid of those that don’t want to help because that’s not what their intentions to do so, other than to harass, encourage incrimination and cause physical and psychological harm.

Reintegrate? The effect of the registry displays the inverse.. If intent is in reality to impose affirmative disability naturally the fact will manifest. So the purpose of the regime puts safety ahead of integration thereby manifesting dysfunctional citizens. To avoid the natural political culpability that normally would ensue from a denial of civil right, proponents simply rely on the dysfunction implied via the conviction to abnormal sexual behavior ( deviance itself) as pre-existing evidence of the citizen’s grounded dysfunctional disposition. “Who cares they’re bad people already anyway.” Ostracism, and the tolerating of it, as evidenced by the registry displays a… Read more »

I had a good job in IT when I got caught up in an online sting operation. Ended up taking a plea on one count and doing a year and a half in prison. Right before I got out I found out I couldn’t live with my wife and kids and I couldn’t live with any family members because they were all too close to schools. I ended up stuck in a halfway house in Detroit for almost a year after I was paroled. It was very difficult to say the least and luckily my wife stuck by me and… Read more »

Kat you have something their with re-integration with this stigma one faces. I’m sure its beneficial to all. So what are we talking about freedom vs. rights or liberty and justice for all in this electronic age of enlightenment or who is coveting who. One might even want to voice out on the View with Whoopi Goldberg Yes one would tend to “think” all this madness is machine database infrastructure or some thought, or is it the guns of Naverone in lustacolor. or some Hitchcock movie to kill a mocking bird. Talk about a medal of freedom. Actually you guys… Read more »

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