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May 08, 2007
Male user nrollo 1 post

Topic: Everything Education / taking reentry seriously

Listen. Every 3rd year we are hit with yet another trendy, politically based approach to what you obviously have no experience with or useful insight into ... the world through the eyes of the incarcerated felon. The bottom line is that what the system values and thinks devients need (and deserve)has zero correlation with what impacts the will and behavior of people defined as outside the circle of social acceptance. Since when, sir, does anything composed within an academic, 'research-based' or 'policy' perspective have any useful application on a reality-based, real world level??? Anyone with 10 years of direct experience, as an offender or practitioner, should know 'what works' and what doesn't. If they are intellectually honest, that is. The current 're-entry' farce is just a superficial effort to rebirth a long defunct parole process. Moreover, it is an overt effort to extend the power and control of prison life out into the community; to keep the client under the boot of the govt. 'unto death.' 'Re-entry,' as labelled by J. Travis, has nothing to do with pointing people toward a better world ... only to making the right-wing jump from post-release 'supervision' to hard core 'surveillance and apprehension.' Last, integrity of application of any behavioral-change activity demands consistency and continunity of program or service delivery. These are simply non-existent across adult or juvenile corrections in America. To suggest otherwise is contrary to fact. Within a negative frame of reference, changing the number and position of white tacks/circumstance may alter its immediate appearance but has NO influence on the nature and ramifications of the frame itself or its outcomes. Adult corrections has no factual will or mandate to empower persons defined as 'outlaws.' As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite. Thus each and every correctional trend is simply the same old Tide packaged in a new box. Because no matter what new policy or practice you apply, in the end it is all a part of a 10

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