Helping Ex-Inmates Adjust to Life Outside of Prison

Monday, March 24, 2008

Reintegrating ex-inmates into their communities can be difficult. We look into the challenges of successful prisoner re-entry with David Rothenberg and JoAnne Page of the non-profit The Fortune Society, as well as Cass Torres, a former inmate.


JoAnne Page, David Rothenberg and Cass Torres

Comments [3]

Debra Maniscalco from Garfield, NJ

I missed most of your program re:The Fortune Society and am interested if this society is set up to help people who have been in and out of rehab numerous times and only VERY lUCKY not to end up in jail yet but most certainly on thier way

Thank you

Mar. 24 2008 01:03 PM
Dave from Manhattan

Speaking as a returning student (John Jay) working toward NYS's credential in alcoholism and substance abuse counseling (CASAC), I can confirm that everything I have learned supports Fortune's recognition that safe housing is an absolute prerequisite to building recovery. Ex-offenders, like addicts in general, don't shrug off one set of defenses like an old coat and comfortably wrap themselves in an unfamiliar new creed.

They learn one day at a time, given a safe space and peer mentoring (plus all the other support services, e.g., Medicaid, any dis abled person needs to become "able" again, or for the first time.

Mar. 24 2008 01:01 PM
edcnyc from queens

A friend of mine was the fall guy for a robbery and eventually commited suicide at Rikers after being sexually abused there (he was 21). Another friend was just released after 7 years for selling ecstasy. Now he's a self-employed metal scraper. He drives around the city in his truck collecting scrap metal to sell. He mentions his back is killing him, but feels he has little choice. Talk about "in need of reform."

Mar. 24 2008 10:51 AM

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