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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Re-entry Simulation Will Highlight Challenges Facing Those Returning Home From Prison

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced today that his Office is co-hosting an outreach event aimed at educating criminal justice professionals and the public about the obstacles and challenges ex-offenders face when returning home from prison.

On Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m., as part of Re-entry Awareness Month in Philadelphia, several agencies are joining forces to host a prisoner re-entry simulation at the Strawbridge Building in Philadelphia. The event is hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement, The MENTOR Program, and the National Workforce Opportunity Network. The simulation is intended to educate the public and criminal justice system professionals who assist with re-entry transition about the complex challenges prisoners face when they return home from prison. The simulation will provide a way for participants to stand in the shoes of individuals just released from prison, which in turn will help them better anticipate and meet their needs.

Titled Get Ready, Get Set, Get Out: A Day in the Life of a Returning Citizen, the program will ask participants to assume identities of ex-offenders and to participate in activities designed to simulate the first month of an individual’s release. Throughout the course of two hours, participants complete various tasks such as getting a driver’s license, reporting to probation, attending drug treatment and counseling, and attending to other basic life requirements to become a productive citizen and avoid re-incarceration. 

The simulation is open to the public, and the details are provided below:

WHEN:       Friday, June 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:     The Strawbridge Building, Ben Franklin Conference Center, 801 Market Street, Suite 9101-9102, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Registration is required. 

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Updated June 28, 2018