WHAT IS RE-ENTRY:
The term "re-entry" is used by many advocates, service providers, policy-makers, and formerly incarcerated people to define what happens to people coming home from prison. More broadly, it describes a process of re-integration, rehabilitation, and restoration of rights that should begin when an individual is arrested.
"Collateral consequences," is a popular label for the legal, social, and economic barriers to a person's re-entry into his or her community. Although
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many people released from prison or jail leave with the hope of a fresh start, these barriers to reintegration can feel like the continuation of a prison sentence. In fact, these collateral consequences may take place at both ends of the criminal process system; at the beginning when an individual is arrested, charged, and perhaps considering a plea bargain; and at the end when an individual is released from prison. Even a mere arrest, or minor charges with no jail time, may result in collateral ...