Monday, April 13, 2009
What are the biggest challenges parolees face upon their release from prison? What can California do to reduce the cycle of recidivism that has plagued our state's over-crowded prison population? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Second Chance Founder Scott Silverman about the Prisoner Reentry Employment Program (PREP). We also hear from Regina Nolte-Ware, who is a PREP graduate, about how the program has impacted her life.
(Originally aired on July 15, 2008)
Alison St John: It doesn't take a lot of imagination to get an idea of what it would be like to be released from prison then try to straighten out your life. If you had a strong, supportive family, you might go okay. But without that, you're by yourself in the outside world with little or no money and no job, trying to make your way in a society that is highly distrustful of you. Add to that the possibility, if not the likelihood, of being chemically dependent, and it's no surprise that more than half of ex-offenders reoffend. It's a vicious cycle for the offender. And it's a vicious cycle for society that must pour money into a state corrections system.
There are some people and some programs that are trying to chip away at the system and make a difference. One such program is in San Diego and it's called PREP, that's stands for the Prisoner Re-entry Employment Program. It's run by a local organization called Second Chance.
Last year, Tom Fudge talked with Scott Silverman, founder and executive director of the Second Chance program, and Regina Nolte-Ware, a graduate of Second Chance's Prisoner Reentry Employment Program.
Scott Silverman, founder and executive director of the Second Chance program.
Regina Nolte-Ware, is a graduate of Second Chance's Prisoner Re-entry Employment Program (PREP). She now works for Downtown San Diego Partnership and serves on Second Chance's board of directors.