What Are Returning Citizens?
Good question! Returning citizens are beloveds reentering society, our communities, from their time served incarcerated.
Time to make a change!
Since returning citizens are reentering society after serving time for their crime, creating safer and stronger communities must become a top priority for the success of their reentry and reintegration.
Successful reentry and recidivism is dependent upon a community-centered approach that requires bridging the gap between church and state; community organizations and governmental entities.
Why should we concern ourselves with those who are a menace to society and who obviously didn't care about following the rules and broke the law?
Walking alongside of those who have done time for their crime helps facilitate success promoting rehabilitation and sound decision-making skills for securing employment and being productive members of society.
They have paid their debt back to society through the punishment received in serving prison time.
We all want safer communities, right?
We all benefit when our returning citizens who leave prison have an education, a chance at higher education, a good job and a place to live.
Being productive members of society, it helps drive down future costs of corrections, reduces the crime rate, most definitely helps improve public safety, but it’s building a sense of community that our returning citizens need for lasting success.
Everyone needs and deserves to be surrounded with love and support! Re-offenders lack relationships, so it bodes well for all of us to walk alongside of them by not discriminating, but instead through rehabilitation.
Our returning citizens have been isolated for the most part during their incarceration and reminding them that they’re supported by their communities confirms that we want them to succeed. This introduces them to support and offers encouragement that they’re on the right path and there’s no longer any need to go through life alone without accountability.
Generous hearts believe that today’s offender will become tomorrow’s neighbor, so embracing our returning citizens by coming alongside of those who are exiting the criminal justice system provides the greatest opportunity for success.
We all have choices and love not only transforms from the inside out, but it leads to action.
Teaching others the value of walking together so that the world can believe in the power of God’s Great Love (John 17:23) is vital to a dignified life.
With advocacy and justice being at the very core of who God is, our prisons can no longer be considered a place solely to punish and reject. We must meet our offenders right where they’re at reconciling them to God.
We can’t just pretend to love others. We have to really love them! Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Romans 12:9).
After all, recidivism promotes public safety, builds stronger communities while strengthening collaboration with other agencies.
We're better together!
Reentry provides those in our criminal justice system with a path towards becoming productive members of society after they have served time for the crimes committed.
Embracing Freedom Without Stigma!
If our Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom, it embodies hope and opportunities for those seeking a better life in America. Liberty and justice for all represents that the most basic human dignity starts with the land of second chances.
Inspiring Second Chances Filled With Hope and Opportunity!
Until next time...